Our society is not without its flaws today. While polarization and anger continue to plague us, and serious divisions remain in our nation, we can still appreciate why Martin Luther King, Jr. had faith in America
With Park51 retreating under a cloud of Tea Party witchcraft and midterm election white noise, Foxman's crucial reaffirmation of the need for tolerance arrives at the exact moment when it is least needed.
The Shalom Center, after consultations with a remarkable array of rabbis and other Jewish leaders from a broad spectrum of Jewish life, supports the building of the mosque and strongly disagrees with the ADL's position.
The ADL has unintentionally but nevertheless certainly increased the tensions between Jews and Muslims at a moment when all sane people in both communities recognize the need to build bridges of understanding.
To make the Ground Zero mosque a test of whether one supports religious freedom or is stereotyping Muslims is to engage in demagoguery. The ADL's position has been deeply misunderstood and mischaracterized.