So, remember that thing with the moderate, mainstream U.S. Muslims and the swimming pool/performing arts auditorium/mosque/Copacabana they're building in Lower Manhattan? The Anti-Defamation League, which is allegedly in charge of preventing dumb shit-talkery against religious practitioners, decided the mosque was gross and that maybe Muslims' freedom to exercise religion didn't need to be defended because, you know, eeewww.
"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."
So, the ADL thinks that people who blame all of Islam for the 9/11 attacks would haz a sadz if the non-scary, non-radical, swimming-pool-friendly Muslim Americans were allowed to practice their religion a few blocks away? But the ADL still totally thinks bigotry is wrong, you guys. Totally totally wrong. Just not in this particular case.
This put a real bee in CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria's bonnet, and here's what he had to say about it on live telly-vision this very week…
"I have to say, I was personally deeply saddened by the ADL’s stand, because five years ago the organization honored me with its Hubert Humphrey Award for First Amendment Freedoms. Given the position that they have taken on a core issue of religious freedom in America, I cannot in good conscience keep that award. So, this week, I am going to return to the ADL the handsome medal and the generous honorarium that came with it. I hope this might spur them to see that they have made a mistake and to return to their historic, robust defense of freedom of religion in America, something they have subscribed to for decades and which I honor them for.
Oh, snap! Fareed Zakaria does not play, Anti-Defamation League. You got served. There is only one solution: Fareed Zakaria vs. ADL head Abraham H. Foxman… in a dance-off! It will be a three-part competition including the hora, Sufi whirling and flamenco (for that extra bit of sexy).
Tags: 9/11, CNN, Fareed Zakaria, Islam, New York City, Religion, World Trade Center