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    The Real Reason The ADL Is Against The Cordoba Mosque

    The Real Reason The ADL Is Against The Cordoba Mosque

    The Anti-Defamation League has come out against the building of a huge Islamic center and Mosque near Ground Zero.

    Here is the key passage from the ADL statement:

    Proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. 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.

    Predictably, the surprising announcement has set off a fury of “first they came for” statements from the left-wing bloggers who usually act in sympathy with the ADL – except when it comes to Israel. The schism between pro-Israel Jews and Israel-meh Jews has been exposed in full force.

    People who probably threw hissy fits as kids about having to go to Hebrew School instead of being able to watch TV after public school now remember the lessons learned in religious class as if they were Talmudic scholars.

    I think the ADL is dancing around the issue. I don’t believe the ADL is motivated primarily by sensitivities to the feelings of victims.

    Rather, the ADL, like many of us, does not want to deal with the reality that regardless of the motivations of the individuals who will visit the Mosque, al-Qaeda and Islamists will portray the Mosque complex as the final conquest of The World Trade Center.

    The thought of Adam Ghadan, or Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Osama bin Laden issuing a video or audiotape crowing about the ultimate victory, is too much for most Americans of all religions to bear.

    The people behind and supporting the Cordoba Mosque surely know that it is not about religious freedom. No one is preventing the building of Mosques in New York City.

    At the end of the day, we as a free society must err in favor of allowing the building of religious institutions anywhere religion-neutral laws allow. But that does not change the truth of what is going on with the Cordoba Mosque.

    They should have picked a different location. Because respect is not a one-way street.

    Update 8/1/2010: Some — but not all — of the criticisms of this post are fair. I still reach the same conclusion, but I might say it a little differently. I think the ADL is struggling to balance religious liberty with the clear history of large Islamic centers in Europe and the U.S. being used for radical purposes, both by the people funding the operations and by radical Islamist elements abroad. The centers never start out with radicalism as a stated goal, but seem to turn in that direction with frightening frequency. To have such a center so close to Ground Zero raises such concerns even more so because there is no doubt that al-Qaeda and other radicals will try to use the location to their advantage. Given the highly charged nature of Ground Zero, the organizers should have picked a different location for such a large and high profile complex.

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    "I'm for building the Mosque… right after the city calls for the additional construction of a Church, a Synagogue, a Hindu temple and Buddhist Shrine on the same street. Better yet, get the proponents of the islamic center to put the money where their 'religious tolerance' mouth is. Have them pay for these buildings."

    This is my favorite comment of all time. It's New York City's job to "call for the additional construction of a Church, a Synagogue, a Hindu temple and Buddhist Shrine" and the Muslim community of New York's job to pay for them.

    I agree with you. A mosque on the site would be a symbol of violent Islamic conquest, a victory for totalitarian Islamism.

    That said, I wonder why the ADL – an organization which will continue to enjoy my full support – felt compelled to say anything about this at all.

    No mosque building anywhere in the United States. Islam isn't a religion, it's a totalitarian government whose intention is the overthrow of the United States.

    No, people – a mosque on the site would be a mosque on the site. It wouldn't be a "symbol" of anything other than religious tolerance, and that the 9/11 attacks had everything to do with hate.

    My question is: why do you support Al Qaeda's goal of making this a war of Christianity against the Muslim faith?

    Pop quiz: What if the mosque isn't Sunni – what if it's Shi'ite? Remember, Al Qaeda's primarily Sunni – and the Sunnis feel the same way about Shi'ites as the Protestants in Northern Ireland felt about the Catholics.

    It isn't about religion – it's about people trying to popularize their own prejudices and hatreds by playing on people's religious beliefs. Osama bin Ladin uses it to motivate suicide bombers – and Professor Jacobsen is using it in the post above to motivate religious bigotry. Same coin, different side.

    I find it remarkable that so many conservatives would find it intolerable that there is a possibility of AQ using this community center with jews and christians on the board as a propaganda exercise. In my opinion, that would be great, because then the moderate muslims of the initiative would have a great platform for pushback. As to the ADL, they seem to forget that AQ has killed thousands and thousands of civilian muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Does not the family of those victims deserve some dignity too? Or the muslim troops and terps serving with the US Army? Are y`all comfortable with backing a initiative originally founded by Pamela Geller, who calls arabs subhuman and openly advocates racewar?

    Too weird.


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