To His Everlasting Shame, ADL Chief Apologizes for the Organization’s Opposition to Ground Zero Mosque

My latest in PJ Media:

We’re all woke now, and so just a few days before the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 jihad attacks in which 2,977 people were murdered, Anti-Defamation League top dog Jonathan Greenblatt thought it was the perfect time to pen a piece for CNN announcing that he was sorry, so very sorry, that the ADL had opposed the Ground Zero Mosque, four years before he joined the ADL at all. This is a bit like President Eisenhower apologizing for the New Deal, but okay. Apparently Greenblatt thought it was necessary for the ADL to shore up its Leftist bona fides, and with the Left becoming increasingly open about its anti-Semitism, it’s easy to see why Greenblatt was feeling the heat.

Greenblatt wrote that “when we opposed the location of the then-proposed Park51 Islamic Community Center & Mosque near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan… I believe the stance we took is one for which we owe the Muslim community an apology.” He claims he was moved to do this because of Biden’s handlers’ disaster in Afghanistan: “For me personally, and ADL as a whole, this catastrophe made our Teshuvah [self-examination and repentance] all the more urgent.”

Then come the flights of fancy: “Today one can see how the Cordoba House,” the organizers’ name for the Ground Zero Mosque project, “could have helped to heal our country as we nursed the wounds from the horror of 9/11.” He claims that “when Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan envisioned the creation of Cordoba House, they intended to foster better relations between the Islamic world and America, and to serve as a public rejection of extremism.” He adds that “Daisy Kahn once explained how the goal of Cordoba House was to ‘repair the breach and be at the front and center to start the healing.’”

How does Greenblatt know that she was on the level? How does he know that the Ground Zero Mosque would have been a source of healing? He doesn’t, but as a doctrinaire Leftist, he knows that to think otherwise would constitute “Islamophobia,” which he duly decries: “Sadly, rather than heal, we have seen Islamophobia persist in ugly ways.” He knows that the Ground Zero Mosque organizers said that the sixteen-story mega-mosque they planned at Ground Zero would be a mosque of reconciliation, and they wouldn’t lie, would they?

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