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    • David Fried
    • 27.08.10 | 07:25 (IDT)

    If the ADL were actually a civil liberties organization, its position on the Armenian genocide resolution should have been this: In a free and democratic country, where government limitations on free speech are prohibited, Congress has no business "officially" defining historical truth by majority vote, in obedience to political considerations. That's "1984" territory. ADL problem solved. However, I don't recall this elementary point being made even once during the whole debate. This is not an insignificant point. The ADL, an American organization, regularly calls upon foreign states to prosecute people for "crimes" such as Holocaust denial, when such prosecutions would be unconstitutional in this country. It is this sort of thing that makes me despise the ADL. Another way of looking at it--the historical facts about the persecution of the Armenians are clear. What was at issue in the Congressional resolution was whether the killings fit within the definition of "genocide." Is one of Congress's functions to dictate to the American populace the meaning of English words? Is this "good for the Jews"?

    from the article: The ADL has lost its way under Abe Foxman
    First published 01:40 27.08.10 | Last updated 02:26 27.08.10
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