Lady Liberty of Starr Street
While the galleries are empty, thankfully, the art blogs are full…
It’s a machine that mimics the human digestive system, from the mouth to the bottom hole. Delvoye feeds Cloaca normal human food and shit comes out the other end. The end product is wrapped in plastic and sold to adoring art collectors–lovely;
The ADL is still embroiled in a PR disaster of their own making and today they released yet another proclamation from Foxman that “reiterates support for efforts to reconcile Turkey and Armenia” (source). That’s nice…but the problem is that the issue is about Armenian Americans demanding a stop to the industry of hate that Turkey is funding in the way of Armenian Genocide denial. ADL is still oblivious.
Of course, it was only a matter of time before some people stepped forward to support ADL’s byzantine and evolving (shall we say flip-flopping?) position on the Armenian Genocide. Alan Wolfe at The New Republic‘s Open University blog is the most blatant in his endorsement of ADL’s stupidity, though the editors at Foreign Policy also chime in with their own two cents.
On this issue, the ADL’s stance is the correct one. At best, such a resolution is pure symbolism, and the last we thing we need is more symbolic politics. More likely, passage of the resolution would infringe on free speech, as hate crime legislation often does, and encourage defensive nationalism in Turkey when we in the United States should be supporting democratic movements in that country, even if those movements are religious. (source)
There are a few problems with Wolfe’s words:
Also, people talk about Armenians like we’re all foreign nationals. Most of us are proudly American, and there are over a million Armenian Americans in the country. So shouldn’t American interests come before Turkey’s interests in this case? Shouldn’t all Americans be offended that Turkey is falsely accusing its fellow citizens of lying and distorting the truth?
At the request of ADL’s New England Board (frankly, I’d like to hug each and every one of them) the issue of whether to support the Armenian Genocide resolution before Congress will go to the ADL National board on November 1–probably a move partially engineered by Foxman to defuse the criticism directed at him.
Today’s Jerusalem Post points out that the Nov. 1 outcome is far from certain:
Steven Grossman, former chairman of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC and a former ADL board member, said he believed the issue of a congressional resolution would receive a fair hearing at the national meeting in November, but it would be up to the New England leadership to make a convincing case to move forward.
“If the only ones supporting it are from New England, it won’t pass, but it’s up to the New England region to make a case that the moral high-ground and the effectiveness of ADL would be enhanced by changing their policy,” said Grossman. (source)
Now is the time to voice any and all concerns directly to ADL and its leaders (ADL contact form).
Also, controversies like this always have a way of airing other dirty laundry about an organization and it’s leaders. One writer at Bay Windows, New England’s largest LGBT newspaper, says that he’s not surprised with the Armenian Genocide controversy since ADL’s relationship with the gay & lesbian community has long been contentious and rocky.
Ok, I got my 56-page iPhone bill from AT&T, which isn’t close to the 300-page bills some people got, but my thick receipt is concrete proof as to how often I use my beloved gadget.
But now AT&T has announced that they’re stopping their super-detailed billing procedure. I know that it kills trees and cripples mail carriers but I like the printed record of my calls…oh well, you win some, you lose some.
The ADL issue has now hit the A-list bloggers, as The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan points out that Foxman’s under fire for his Armenian Genocide sidestep and things may get hotter for the ADL honcho.
I should mention one thing though…Sullivan points to a blog (Mideast Youth) which gives a great context for the controversy but inserts a non sequitur that clouds the issue:
Now here is where it gets interesting: the first strong voice of dissent regarding No Place For Hate came from a Watertown native named Mark Charalambous who wrote vitriolic letters to the Watertown Tab asking that he be granted the right to hate homosexuals. No Place For Hate, he argued, interfered with the First Amendment which gives us the inalienable right to hate whoever we choose. (source)
The fact is that Watertown did not discontinue the No Place for Hate program, it simply disassociated itself from the ADL.
Also, since we’re clarifying the timeline, it was David Boyajian’s letter to the Watertown Tab on July 6, 2007 which really started the outcry over ADL’s hypocrisy–though let’s not forget Jewcy.com, the Watertown Tab, the Boston Globe and bloggers all contributed in their own way.