...the key passage — it’s a pretty short statement — is this one:Not even worth addressing what the usual crackpot demagogues have to say on this.
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.
Translation: some people will feel bad if this thing is built, and we need to take these feelings into account, even though proponents “have every right to build at this site.”
So let’s try some comparable cases, OK? It causes some people pain to see Jews operating small businesses in non-Jewish neighborhoods; it causes some people pain to see Jews writing for national publications (as I learn from my mailbox most weeks); it causes some people pain to see Jews on the Supreme Court. So would ADL agree that we should ban Jews from these activities, so as to spare these people pain? No? What’s the difference?One thing I thought Jews were supposed to understand is that they need to be advocates of universal rights, not just rights for their particular group....
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Ground Zero Mosque Bozo-ery
Krugman has this right in his critique of the clowns at the ADL who wrote the statement on the Ground Zero mosque.