Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Ground Control


So Abraham Foxman, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, was on CNN this morning defending his group's decision to stand against plans to put a mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero.

Foxman's argument? That while they may be within their rights to build in that specific area, the Muslim-Americans behind the project should reconsider in the name of sensitivity and healing, and as a gesture of reconciliation. In other words, just because they can do it doesn't necessarily mean they should.

He's absolutely right. I mean, that would be like, oh I don't know, insisting on building settlements in bitterly disputed territories like Gaza and the West Bank, no matter how much it pisses everyone off.

13 comments:

toastie said...

NYC needs to cordon off an area around Ground Zero and patrol it was Muslim-sniffing dogs. In a gesture of reconciliation, Muslims should avoid the area all together.

Also, in the name of sensitivity and healing, Catholic priests should stay away from churches.

Jews should also be prohibited from managing other people's investments, out of respect for the Madoff victims.

And no blacks in the Falls Church, VA Home Depot, out of respect for the D.C. sniper victims.

As a Jew, I hate when other Jews are stupid and bigoted, like Abraham Foxman and my own mother.

Eric said...

Chez, I had a similar reaction listening to Foxman on NPR this morning. I hope he was more coherent in the CNN appearance; on NPR he also sounded like a bit of an idiot.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Ya. Different rules for Israel than for all other countries.

Just as there are VERY different rules concerning Cuba.

Chez said...

I've said before that I'm on the fence about this whole thing. I certainly see why people are angry -- and I'm anti-religion across the board. But it's true that you can't approve of one religious group while disapproving of another (which is, once again, why I disapprove of all of them).

I was just pointing out the irony of Foxman's argument.

Alanna said...

Toastie pretty much summed it up.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Bottom line, it'll never happen. The powers that be will convince them that they'd get firebombed (or something) in short order.

I believe they would.

Mart said...

If you get in the weeds turns out the Muslim sect that wants to build this is the enemy of Osama's sect; so could be a race to see who bombs this place - the whipped up Fox frothed righties or Al-Qaeda. It is also a community cultural center, not a mosque. Kind of like a JewishCC with a pool and all. I checked the always reliable Google and depending if anti or pro Muslim between 25 and 60 Muslim's died in the 911 attacks - shouldn't they have a place to mourn their losses?

And also too, all religions can go to hell.

Elessa said...

I am tired of the media referring to the building as a mosque rather than a community center. I am also annoyed at the compression of history ad misinformation being given about Cordoba. I really wish the media and people who are talking heads would read little bit on the history of Cordoba.

http://tinyurl.com/29pwnb4

I may not be a religious individual, but I am a person who prefers truth to colouring outside the lines.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, religion sucks. But humans will always find something to fight about.

Hane Goodman said...

I'm 85-years-old and fought for this goddamn country with nothin' but 19 goddman cents in one pocket and in the other goddman pocket...lint, you dumb schmuck. Where were you during World War II? That's right, your mama and papa were in goddamn diapers, you putz-while I was in the Pacific Theatre fighting with the goddman Marines! Half my fucking family was wiped out by that goddamn Hitler. Just what the fuck happened to this country since those golden days? I'z tellz you what, everyone is selling out the Jews. Now, this schmuck Bloomberg wants to put some dirty mosque near where thousands perished? That's like putting a Nazi museum on top of a synagogue. This is a goddamn disgrace, this mosque. I'm going to be watching you, you dumb schmuck. My name is Hane Goodman. Why Goodman? Because like my father and his father, we are GOOD-MEN! My real first name is Henry. The kids in Brooklyn used to call me Hank when we played stickball, but my buddy Joey had a hearing problem and left off the "k" which makes the name, "Hane." I told everyone to call me that after Joey was hit and killed by a fishtruck driven by a drunken Irish goy--a way of honoring Joey. I live in a goddamn hovel in Queens with my smelly fucking 3-legged dog, Ralph. My wife Millie passed 15 years ago leaving me to fend for myself in this goddamn hellhole while I see everything going to shit. I don't drink. I don't fuck around. I don't do shit. Do you know why? Because I'm a GOOD-MAN, you schmuck. Don't fuck with my friend Abe Foxman. He's also a GOOD-MAN.

Chez said...

Holy shit -- Bill Orvis White finally has some fucking competition around here!

toastie said...

Hane, you sound like one of his B'Nai Brith buddies. My grandfather was a helluva guy. But also kinda racist. He hated the Muslims, too. I'm sorry your life kinda sucks now. Go get yourself and Ralph some hot dogs at Senior's...crap, that's closed. It's probably a Pakistani place now. Triple-sucks.

Hane Goodman said...

Fuck that white piece of trash White. I knew redneck assholes like him back in the war. We used them as shields. His kind isn't worth the lint in my goddamn pocket. This jagoff White never saw a day of military duty and yet he sits on his fat goyisha ass in dumbfuck Mississippi in his outhouse telling everyone else how to live. Bill, go fuck yourself and your mother, sister and their cousins, asshole.