In the current controversy over the proposed Muslim Center near the World Trade Center site we seem to have slipped from condemning radical Islam to Islam in general. This, in spite of the immense sacrifices our troops are making in the cause of moderate Islam overseas. Now this proposed Center, the model of moderation, with Christians and Jews on its board, is being opposed for reasons that seem only to have a basis in feelings. Or prejudice. A leading voice against the Center is Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League. This organization, devoted to opposing bigotry, says in the NY Times, ““Survivors of the Holocaust are entitled to feelings that are irrational,” he said. Referring to the loved ones of Sept. 11 victims, he said, “Their anguish entitles them to positions that others would categorize as irrational or bigoted.”
It is my observation that all groups with problems, including the German nation in the 1930’s, view themselves as victims. And so according to Mr. Foxman’s construction, all get a pass. So if we’re not so Anti-Defamation now, maybe we should change the name to the Occasional Defamation League. Because it’s okay now that we have the Golden Ticket.
BTW: After drawing Abe I opened the paper and there was an article about special animals. And I saw this blobfish. I know a person is not responsible for how beautiful he looks. To a caricaturist Abe is a thing of beauty. And now I see him everywhere: