In light of its recent statements against the Cordoba House, the ADL appears to have moved from a knee-jerk defense of Israel to an aggressive stance attacking American Muslims even when there is no criticism of Israel involved.
Efforts to prohibit the construction of Islamic centers and mosques undermine American principles and move us closer to a Europe where restrictions on religious liberty are the most common means of "dealing" with Islam.
Fear, not doubt, is the great enemy of faith. So when I see leaders, both political and religious, stoking the fears of Christians regarding the Cordoba House project, it strikes me as profoundly un-Christ-like.
The fear and loathing of faiths that supposedly threaten America's existence is nothing new. For centuries, Catholics, Jews, Mormons and other "foreign" religions have encountered disdain, discrimination and worse.
This is the pattern: find a bright, shining lie, an often trivial issue, reshape it to your agenda of attack and fear, distort and dissemble, and bang it like a drum to rouse the media circus and distract the public.
It's fear and helplessness that Gingrich embraces in his belief that America should shred the constitution and begin denying the religious freedom for which our fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers sacrificed.
Given the vitriol spewing forth these days against mosque proposals elsewhere, the opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" mostly smacks of general Islamophobia -- just with a more prominent address.
Newt Gingrich may be right that building any Islamic structure that close to Ground Zero is bad idea, at least for now. But his arguments for that position are at least as bad as the worst ones which favor its construction.