Anti-Defamation League Joins Anti-Mosque Bigots in Hatred

Anti-Defamation League - Fighting Anti-Semitism, Bigotry and Extremism - Yeah, unless you're a Muslim.

The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that ostensibly stands up for religious freedom and tolerance in the United States has shocked and disgusted many people, including me, by announcing their opposition to the construction of a mosque in the vicinity of the World Trade Center site.

In the vicinity! We’re not talking about on top of Ground Zero. We’re talking about nearby, somewhere in the general neighborhood in New York City.

The Anti-Defamation League appears, as a result of this bizarre proclamation, to be an organized group of bigots pretending to support tolerance.

Muslims have every right to build a mosque near the World Trade Center site.  There’s nothing inappropriate or wrong about it.  In fact, I think it shows a concerted effort to be a thriving part of the New York community.  It’s healthy to build this mosque.  It’s a better decision than building the ever-stalled ‘Freedom Tower’ which never gets an inch off the ground.  Why not rename it ‘Freedom Hole.’  These people who have been protesting, including some of the relatives of 9/11 victims, are nothing more than the worst form of bigot.  They couch their hatred in ‘protecting the emotional well-being of families and victims.’  By their logic we should cordon off every site of a plane crash and forbid construction by people who are of the same religious beliefs as the pilots.  We should ascertain the religion of every person who commits a murder and prevent people of that religion from ever constructing churches near the murder sites.  Insane.  Hateful.  Nonsense.

Muslims are not terrorists.  Muslims are simply people who worship in a particular way.  Associating Muslims with terrorism is bigotry by definition.  I think someone should build a mosque on top of the Anti-Defamation League.

Here is what the Anti-Defamation League says:

Proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.

So don’t build your mosque because it’ll make a bunch of backwoods idiot bigots feel bad.  Wow!  I’m just blown away.  You know, I never give money to organized bigots.  But I’ll certainly contribute to the mosque-building fund if there is one.

This insidious and creeping connection of Islam to terrorism is becoming very dangerous.  It’s getting worse quickly.  It’s spreading all over the U.S. and Europe.  If the Anti-Defamation League feels that is can say something like this then we are in very bad shape indeed.

Yellow Cake: Animation About Cause, Effect and 9/11

Nick Cross has made an animation seems to be mainly about 9/11. I’ve read quite a bit of nonsense around the web about this cartoon.  Animation blogs that should know better do their best to avoid the brutal politics of the film even though those politics are its entire reason for existing.  In fact, I find that most of the animation world on the web is shockingly conservative, embarrassingly non-diverse, and mind-numbingly infatuated with Walt Disney.  In this creepy little film the fat cats need the little cakes that the bakers make in their village. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what kind of tiny animal the bakers are supposed to be.  Little featherless tweety-birds maybe.  Anyway, the fat cats take all the cakes under threat of annihilation and sell them in their city. When the bakers can’t stand the slavery anymore they blow up a house full of fat cats. Then the fat cats become extremely security-conscious and attack the bakers with bombs and slaughter them all. The end.

That’s my description of the film.

I like people who are nasty and drive their anger through their work. This film is off-balance and awkward. It’s unpleasant and crude. Why are the titles off-center? I do respect its attitude and its simple perspective on the reality behind the events of 9/11, but nevertheless it annoys me.  Why do animators persist in trying to reproduce the quality of animation from the 1930s?  I’d prefer less cute flip-floppiness from the animator.  Give me the politics.  Leave out the throat lozenge.