Anti-Defamation League Opposes Cordoba House

July 31st, 2010 at 9:56 am | 7 Comments |

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The Anti-Defamation League has come out in opposition to the Cordoba House in New York City:

The nation’s leading Jewish civil rights group opposes the planned mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero, saying more information is needed about funding for the project and the location is “counterproductive to the healing process.”

The Anti-Defamation League said it rejects any opposition to the center based on bigotry and acknowledged that the group behind the plan, the Cordoba Initiative, has the legal right to build at the site. But the ADL said “some legitimate questions have been raised” about funding and possible ties with “groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values.”

“Ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right,” the ADL said in a statement. “In our judgment, building an Islamic center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain — unnecessarily — and that is not right.” The Cordoba Initiative did not comment Friday.

The mosque and community center would be located two blocks from the Lower Manhattan site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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  • cporet

    Civil rights include the ensuring of peoples’ physical integrity and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as physical or mental disability, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and individual rights such as the freedoms of thought and conscience, speech and expression, religion, the press, and movement.
    “The nation’s leading Jewish civil rights group” I suppose civil rights are open to interpretation when they are not yours being violated. A civil right is a civil right. It can’t be abrogated just because someone is uncomfortable when you exercise it. “Ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right,” Baloney!

  • Rabiner

    The ADL is wrong on this one

  • Stan

    I started contributing to ADL when I graduated from college in 1959. I’ve just sent my resignation letter. Under Abraham Foxman the ADL has lost its moral authority. It doesn’t deserve support, at least under its current leadership.

  • abk1985

    I think the reality that everyone needs to understand is that groups that represent civil rights, etc. such as the ADL, NAACP, Amnesty International, etc. etc. no matter how much they may try to be independent organizations are nevertheless responsive to donors. I don’t mean that in a bad way. Basically, any organization of any kind, if it wants to accomplish its goals, MUST be responsive to its donors. It seems to me the only way Abe Foxman could run the ADL otherwise is if he ran it out of his apartment with his own money. And then what kind of clout would it have?

    The trade off for donations which equals clout which equals gettings things done is being responsive to donors. My guess is that Foxman doesn’t really care about the Cordoba mosque at all. But I am betting a lot of his donors do. Hence this uncharacteristic press release.

    Over the years I have been mystified by various positions taken by human rights orgs, including the ADL, until I began to understand that a lot of their off the wall remarks have to do with what their donors (or at least the loudest ones) expect. And I am convinced that that is what happened here.

  • Rabiner


    The problem with your position regarding the ADL is that the Jewish community in the United States isn’t tribalistic but the ADL’s stance in this case is very much so. The vast majority of Jews are secular in public life and vehemently against anything otherwise because it isn’t like we’ve ever been the majority anyways. By going against the ideals of the ADL as an organization that speaks out on discrimination, any discrimination, ruins the credibility the next time there is discrimination against Jews. That’s why its not even in their best interest, or their donors, to be so short sighted and fall into this false narrative that it’s okay to discriminate against Muslims because it will make the victims of 9/11 feel better.

  • Slide

    Shame on them.

  • vidoqo

    Buncha’ unamerican wimps.