The Crescent Report

August 2, 2010

ADL on the wrong side of Religious Freedom

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 3:47 pm


More people need to tell Abe Foxman and the ADL that they can’t have it both ways. you cant claim that you stand for civil rights and oppose bigotry, prejudice while siding with those who espouse such repugnant  and un-American views and behavior. Check out the piece below.

Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote for the Day: “The Civil rights and religious freedoms of the American Muslims should be just as valued as that of any other Americans. “

ADL on the wrong side of Religious Freedom

Much to the surprise of many people in the human rights community, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which has built a reputation for opposing not only Anti-Jewish bigotry but bigotry of all varieties, has issued a statement opposing the building of a new mosque in lower Manhattan, New York because it would cause “pain” for the families of the September 11, 2001 victims.

But the real “pain” involved is the ALD’s apparent siding with political forces who are using the tragedy of 9-11 to disguise their attack on Muslim civil and religious rights in America.

MAS Freedom wrote to Abe Foxman, Executive Director of the ADL, and called on the ADL to reverse their opposition to the Cordoba Initiative’s planned building of a mosque and community center in lower Manhattan.
Our letter is printed below, and we urge you to send a similar message to the ADL affirming the religious and constitutional rights of Muslims.

August 2, 2010

Mr. Abraham Foxman
Executive Director, Anti-Defamation League
By email:

Dear Mr. Foxman:

The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation  (MAS Freedom) acknowledges the historic work of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith  as a staunch opponent of all forms of racial and religious bigotry directed not only against the Jewish people, but all other racial and religious communities in America.  It is for this reason that we write to you and call on you, and the ADL, to retract your statement opposing the Cordoba Initiative’s plan to build a mosque and community center in lower Manhattan.

While your organization statements defends the religious freedoms of Muslims in America and our collective right to build our own houses of worship, we are disappointed that you have concluded that the initiation of the building of a mosque and community center in lower Manhattan would cause “pain” to the families of the survivors of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Indeed, all people of conscience and morality felt pain because of this tragedy. But religious freedom in America, for Muslims, is an inviolable right that must never be abridged by bigots, racists, and others who use this event as a pretext for their hateful, and unfounded, attacks on the American Muslim community.

For the ADL to tacitly agree with those who oppose the Cordoba Initiative’s plan  to build this center is, in our view, an unfortunate and problematic retreat from the defense of our constitutional right as a community. We call on you to reverse your opposition to the building of this mosque, and to honor your organizational legacy of support for the religious freedom and civil liberties of all people in America.

Sincerely yours,

Imam Mahdi Bray
Executive Director, MAS Freedom
Ibrahim Ramey
Director, Human and Civil Rights Program
MAS Freedom


1 Comment »

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    Comment by mahmoud — August 23, 2010 @ 6:14 am

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