EX-ADL LEADER BLASTS ADL/FOXMAN
By Rev. Ted Pike
3 Dec 09
Joel Sprayregen is a former ACLU staff attorney and
National Vice-Chair of the Anti-Defamation League. He was appalled
at ADL’s recent 27-page online attack on the Christian/conservative
Grows in America: Anti-Government Conspiracies.”
Writing in American Thinker Online, November 29, he says, “You
can...understand the consternation, and not just mine, which greeted
the ADL’s hyped “Report” declaring that ‘rage’ expressed
against President Obama is un-American.” He says, “ADL’s
perfervidly purple prose belies an abysmal ignorance of American political
traditions." Sprayregen documents this tradition on the authority
of Jefferson, Holmes, etc., who not only tolerated but actually encouraged
fervent, even heated dissent.
“ADL’s naked partisanship,” he says, is revealed
by the fact that “In the time of anti-Bush rage, the ADL held
its tongue.” But, he says, “You can’t fool all the
people all the time…The failure of mainline media to scrutinize
Obama and his mentors - which truly is unprecedented…incentivizes
many who love this country to sound off...The ADL could not have chosen
a more infelicitous moment to try to shield Obama from anger generated
by his policies.”
Sprayregen says he was National Vice-Chair of “the then-respected
Anti-Defamation League.” But in past years “…ADL
stumbled so egregiously. As observed by many, including myself, who
have left the organization, the ADL has declined into an autocracy
where no opinion counts other than that of its long-time National Director,
Abraham Foxman, whom the New York Times described as "a one-man
Sanhedrin for life." When Foxman hatches a crackpot idea like
the "Rage Report," no one can restrain him."
He says, “Foxman is driven to justify his half-million-dollar-plus
salary (matched in virtually no other Jewish organization)… To
generate publicity for himself, he launches (and then summarily drops)
foolish initiatives, such as his attack on Christian Evangelicals,
Israel's most consistent supporters… I found only one press
column praising the ADL statement: that of Los Angeles Times writer
Timothy Rutten... When I googled Rutten, I found that last year, he
received an ADL First Amendment award."
Sprayregen's article adds to rapidly mounting testimony by yet another
Jew (and ADL insider) informing the world that ADL is a loose cannon
on the deck of liberalism. It could threaten Zionist interests also
because ADL is the PR bulldog of Israel to the world. Jewish liberals
view it, as Jewish Week confirmed
last week, as "an active
part of… the right-of-center pro-Israel establishment." Yet
Foxman, Sprayregen contends, counterproductively attacks the century-long
arch supporters of Israel: evangelical Christians. This includes WorldNetDaily
owner Joseph Farah who, not unlike ADL, provides a pipeline for Israeli
policy directives to millions of evangelicals.
Where Is ADL Taking Us?
What does Sprayregen's exposure of Foxman's instability and persecutive
inclinations mean to Christians/conservatives -- indeed to all Americans?
It means many things because ADL has so profoundly altered American
social attitudes, especially in regard to tolerance of homosexuality
and support of pro-homosexual legislative initiatives. These, whether
on the local, federal, or international level, will unfailingly be
found to have been generated primarily by ADL and its parent organization,
B'nai B'rith International.
ADL hate crimes laws have taken free speech from the citizens of
Canada, England, Australia, etc.; and now America is shackled with
a national hate law fully capable of doing the same. Recently signed
by Pres. Obama, it was very largely conceived and brought into existence
by the same Abe Foxman who wrote the recent "Rage Report" which
portrays millions of Americans as "conspirators."
Since 1984, with publication of my book Israel: Our Duty, Our
Dilemma, I have been sounding the alarm against the ADL -- warning
of ADL's anti-Christian, anti-freedom malevolence -- just as Sprayregen
and other Jewish ADL critics are now alleging. Yet virtual silence
of any criticism of ADL has prevailed among frightened Christian
and Jewish leaders until now. At last, Joseph Farah, Orthodox rabbi
Nachum Shifren, Commentary magazine editor Jonathan Tobin,
and Joel Sprayregen are finally breaking the national silence in
terse and even biting rebuke. This is a historic moment. Never since
its founding in 1913 have one evangelical and three Jewish leaders
stood up in public criticism of ADL. Let's make sure that ADL's irresponsibility
in issuing its "Rage Report" will result in a new era of
responsibility for vigilance, scrutiny and criticism of ADL by all
in positions of religious and political authority.
Danger from ADL Will Continue
What will happen to ADL if criticism and controversy over the "Rage
Report" continues? Foxman could resign. ADL, under new leadership,
could ostensibly learn some of the "tolerance" it has presumed
to teach others for most of the past century.
Yet, ADL will remain an enormous threat to freedom. The statement
by California Senator Jack Tenney in the 1971 Congressional Record remains
apropos: "The CIA and FBI are tinker toys compared to the ADL."
ADL remains frighteningly powerful, eliciting recent effusive praise
from guest speakers at ADL functions: Janet Napolitano, head of the
Department of Homeland Security; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of
the United Nations; and Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General. In fact,
legislative events of the past year have demonstrated beyond doubt
that, at least concerning passage of ADL's hate crimes laws, most Democrats
in Congress as well as Attorney General Holder are securely in the
palm of ADL's hand.
ADL will continue to surveil Christian/conservative Americans along
with fringe groups, providing under-the-table intelligence to the U.S.
government unavailable through lawful means. Sometimes it will get
caught, as Sprayregen says, "for illegally gathering evidence
against unsuspecting Americans…stored in its massive files (twice
in recent years the ADL has paid damages for illegal surveillance)." (For
a complete education on ADL's massive spy operation on 10,000 Americans,
watch my gripping 82-minute video at www.truthtellers.org "Hate
Laws: Making Criminals of Christians.")
Evil tends to be immoderate. This time ADL has gone too far. In 2005,
ADL's National Executive Board member Philadelphia district attorney
Lynne Abraham also went too far. Erupting in rage two days after Christian
conservatives defeated ADL's hate bill in Congress, she took revenge
on the religious right by arresting 11 Christians. She charged them
with seven crimes, threatening 47 years in prison and $90,000 in fines
each. Included was the "hate crime" of witnessing to homosexuals
at a gay pride rally. But ADL paid a big price then, as I hope they
will pay in the days and weeks ahead. As a result of Abraham's rash
persecution, ADL provided a red hot issue which propelled me onto national
talk radio. Since then, thanks to ADL, I have given roughly 700 interviews,
with 125 hosts, almost entirely in warning against ADL and its hate
Once, in an interview by author and radio talk show host Michael
Collins Piper, he related how on a street corner in Washington, D.C.
he saw someone who looked very familiar. Yes, it was Abe Foxman. Piper,
who has exhaustively researched and written about ADL, started walking
toward him, saying, "Hey, I know you -- you're Abe Foxman!" Foxman,
doubtless recognizing Piper, turned and started walking briskly away
and then fled.
This is the man who brings Christians/conservatives to silence and
submission by threatening to label them anti-Semitic. He did this to
Dr. Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious
Liberty Commission, several weeks ago. Land had transgressed ADL's
ban on using any Nazi terminology to describe the pro-abortion provisions
of the healthcare reform bill. Confronted by Foxman, Land was utterly
intimidated, vowing, according to ADL, that from then on ADL can always
count him "on board" their "tolerance" social agenda.
Dr. Land should know this includes promotion of homosexuality, abortion,
pornography, and hate laws. (See ADL
Welcomes Christian Leader's Apology For Insensitive Remarks On Healthcare
Yet, as Piper's encounter reveals, Foxman showed himself a coward,
one who can't face an eminent critic on the street corner or, as Sprayregen
alleges, even criticism from his own staff. That is part of the reason
he and ADL tirelessly promote hate laws which ban criticism of homosexuals,
Muslims, and Jews. Above everything else, ADL abhors criticism of itself.
Foxman and the ADL need to be identified, exposed, and shamed in
order to deflate their persona from the gargantuan proportions and
reputation they have falsely attained over the past century. Foxman
is like a phobia: If you run from it, it only attains credibility,
becoming a giant in hot pursuit. But if you relax, turn around and
mockingly defy it, it will dissipate. In the same way Foxman, the terror
of the religious right, will shrink to nothing more than a mouse squeaking
in the corner.
Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states
with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass
the federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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