ADL attacks conservatives

The Anti-Defamation League hates us!

With ADL’s latest conservative-bashing report (“Rage Grows in America: Anti‑Government Conspiracies”), the ADL is now officially a Democrat party shill. The ADL has jumped the shark.

“Anti-government fervor” has nothing to do with “anti-Semitism” and should have nothing to do with the ADL. The tea party crowd is against trillion-dollar deficits. Only Nancy Pelosi and the ADL see Nazis.

Here’s the odious ADL press release:

Report: Rage Grows In America Conspiracy Theories Fuel Anti-Government Fervor
November 16, 2009 … Rumors about gun confiscations. Angry protests about the government’s tax policies, replete with Nazi comparisons. A resurgent militia movement. Rage at the election of a president deemed to be illegitimate and threatening.Distrust and anger toward the government fueled by paranoia and conspiracy theories.

They are among the crosscurrents of anger and hostility that have swept certain sectors of the country since President Barack Obama took office nearly a year ago.And they are contributing to “a toxic atmosphere of rage in America,” according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which today issued a report looking at the various sources that have given rise to a climate of anti-government fervor in the United States.

The report was against all those crazy people who attended town hall meetings and tea parties. It actually said very little against Glenn Beck, but that didn’t stop the New York Daily News:

Glenn Beck is scarier than Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, says Anti-Defamation League
BY Michael Saul
Tuesday, November 17th 2009, 4:45 PM
Weep for joy, Glenn Beck: the Anti-Defamation League has cited you as the national media’s fear-monger-in-chief.

In a new report examining the wave of anti-government hostility that’s spread across the country since Barack Obama won the White House, the ADL cited Beck as the “most important mainstream media figure who has repeatedly helped to stoke the fires of anti-government anger.”

Beck, a right-wing talk host with a TV show on Fox and popular syndicated radio program, is in a league of his own, the report from the Jewish anti-hate watchdog group asserts.

Who was the featured speaker at the ADL’s “American Heritage Dinner” on October 17, 2009? U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder!

The ADL has long pushed for “hate crime” legislation and the ADL worked with Holder to pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act on October 22, 2009. This act was so unpopular that it took a Democratic Congress attaching it to a military appropriations bill to get it passed.

All crimes are “hate crimes.” In reality, the ADL’s prized “hate crimes” legislation will protect “politically correct” classes in its application. Many (including me) think that “hate crime” laws violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

Yesterday’s comment on the ADL report in The Atlantic Politics Channel by 24Ahead.com directs to its own opinion of the ADL:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Summary (posts follow):
Far-left organization that strongly supports both multiculturalism (also here) and illegal immigration (also here). They frequently smear persons and groups as engaging in “hate”, despite the fact that their definition of “hate” can’t be trusted. Has tried to exploit two high-profile shootings in April and June of 2009.

They’ve engaged in partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security, and they may have been involved in that agency’s infamous “rightwing extremists” report.
Last modified Jun 13, 2009

Certainly, ADL’s latest report looks very similar to that infamous DHS report.

Here’s an oldie-but-goodie Atlantic Blog piece on the ADL:

November 09, 2007
Decline and fall of the Anti-Defamation League
So, the Anti-Defamation League and Ann Coulter have been having a little dust-up lately. My inclination was to yawn. The ADL got worked up over some comments Coulter made about Jews and Christianity, and started screaming anti-Semite. Next, Coulter attacks ADL (implicitly invoking Conquest’s laws of politics) as a left-wing outfit more interested in left-wing politics than in Jews. The ADL came up with a feeble counter-attack, offering no actual response except to repeat their anti-Semite charge. I can’t say I cared too much, because although ADL is a left-wing outfit, and prone to over-react to things when they should not, Coulter’s initial remarks being a case in point, I thought Coulter’s charge that they were ranking left-wing politics over Jews pretty much over the top.

It seems I was wrong, and Coulter was right. The ADL has issued a statement on nooses and swastikas popping up (no problem so far), but has issued it jointly with Al Sharpton. You hear that right. Al Sharpton.

The website Omdurman.org uses stronger language:

Anti-Defamation League: A Sick Joke, Lie, and Fraud
Abraham Foxman Joins Prominent Anti-Semite and Racist in Joint Statement

Nazi concentration camps turned the respectable German slogan Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes you Free) into a sick joke, because the inmates were there to be worked to death or exterminated in gas chambers. Abraham Foxman, the same individual who whitewashed MoveOn.org’s anti-Semitic hate speech, contributed to a diplomatic crisis with Turkey by sticking ADL’s collective nose into the Armenian genocide issue while causing senior ADL leaders to quit in disgust, has now turned the Anti-Defamation League into an equally sick joke.

Foxman and Sharpton Issue Joint Statement on Symbols of Hate

Another oldie-but-goodie is from FrontPage Magazine:

The ADL Discovers Leftist Hate
By: Don Feder
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, February 12, 2007
Among the many groups for whom I feel absolutely no sympathy is the Jewish Left – which has lately been agonizing over the prevalence of Jew-hatred at antiwar rallies.

Signs comparing Israelis to Nazis and identifying Jews as the enemies of humanity have become de rigueur at (you should pardon the expression) peace rallies.

Jewish leftists – at least those who still feel a connection to the Jewish people – are dismayed.

So now the ADL attacks us as hatemongers.

The world needs an ADL that attacks anti-Semitism, but sadly, that’s no longer what this organization is all about.