Anti-Defamation League Might Want to Think About Revising Its Mission Statement

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The Anti-Defamation League has decided that, despite its stated purpose of fighting for religious equality, it just doesn't think the Muslims should build their mosque and community center two blocks from ground zero. In a tortured statement, the League says that, though "freedom of religion [is] a cornerstone of the American democracy," and though "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," and though "the bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong," it does not support the mosque because "building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain."

Not that the feelings of 9/11 families are inconsequential, but is this the Anti-Defamation League, or the Anti-Emotional-Distress League? According to its 1913 mission statement:

"The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens."


But mostly Jews.

Anti-Defamation League Comes Out Against Ground Zero Mosque [TPM DC]