Friday, August 6, 2010

Fareed Zakaria Returns Award to ADL

Fareed Zakaria has taken a principled stand against the ADL's opposition to the Cordoba Center, an opposition blatantly in conflict with the organization's own charter.  His letter to the ADL explains:
You are choosing to use your immense prestige to take a side that is utterly opposed to the animating purpose of your organization. Your own statements subsequently, asserting that we must honor the feelings of victims even if irrational or bigoted, made matters worse.
This is not the place to debate the press release or your statements. Many have done this and I have written about it in Newsweek and on my television show – both of which will be out over the weekend. The purpose of this letter is more straightforward. I cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it and am returning both. I hope that it might add to the many voices that have urged you to reconsider and reverse your position on this issue.  This decision will haunt the ADL for years if not decades to come. Whether or not the center is built, what is at stake here is the integrity of the ADL and its fidelity to its mission. Admitting an error is a small price to pay to regain your reputation.
Cordoba Article Here.
Letter to ADL Here.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you Fareed and thank you Landon Ross for posting...