Obama’s a bigot too, I guess …

… according to the nebulous Beinart/Zakaria/Dish standard. The AP:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero in New York, but he’s not saying whether he thinks it’s a good idea to do so.
Obama’s comment Saturday during a trip to Florida expanded on a statement he made at a White House dinner on Friday. At that event, he said Muslims have the same right to freedom of religion as everyone else in America.
Obama said Saturday that he didn’t comment on “the wisdom” of putting a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center— but rather was commenting on “the right” to build a mosque there.

So the ADL, for example, becomes “a force in our society for the promotion of bigotry” for giving in to whatever dark forces are inside Obama and responsible for his reticence?

The quote I’m alluding to is from Andrew Sullivan:

The ADL is becoming a force in our society for the promotion of bigotry. It should be renamed the Muslim Defamation League.

Wait, but isn’t the ADL’s raison d’etre to fight antisemitism? Hmm … That doesn’t make antisemitism seem like a very serious problem, does it? Either that or he believes the ADL is terrible at fighting antisemitism, since he claims

But my own diligence against anti-Semitism, in all its forms, in my own church in particular, is well-documented and has gone back decades.

I guess Sullivan thinks the ADL shouldn’t be credited with any diligence on that front anymore. But wait …

we should all be careful before we write for fear of unintended consequences. I understand the point, and will try to be more vigilant about hyperbole (blogs are real-time thoughts and not the place for truly considered writing), but I have to say this is not my view of what writers should do in general, regardless of the form we are using […]

I think our core responsibility is to tell the truth, as best we can, to our readers. Sometimes, that means saying things that might not have the best consequences in real life, or can give comfort to those who should be given none, or foment hatred, or complacency, or any number of bad things.

So, translation: “I won’t be more vigilant about hyperbole ( — ‘do I contradict myself? … I contain multitudes!’)”

Or maybe, the Dish is not using hyperbole that deprecates the seriousness of antisemitism. Maybe he really thinks that the ADL does less against antisemitism than it does against Muslims for being Muslim and it should just be disbanded … Is there anything above his pay grade?

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