Today, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement weighing in on the controversial Cordoba House Islamic community center. The position they took was, in a word, disappointing. In response to the ADL’s opposition of the center being built at Ground Zero, Interfaith Alliance President and State of Belief Host Rev. Welton Gaddy had this to say:
“It was with a great deal of sorrow that I read the carefully constructed statement from the Anti-Defamation League…those who claim to defend religious freedom can not turn their back on it when faced with controversy…We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center. At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.”
For more on the debate and bigotry surrounding the Cordoba House, check out this earlier post on the blog and for more on Rev. Gaddy’s perspective, check out his post on the Washington Post’s On Faith blog from earlier this week.