CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Host of Fareed Zakaria GPS, made his own headline this week when he sent shock waves across the media world announcing that he was returning an award that he received from the ADL in 2005.
The Anti-Defamation League, headed by Abraham Foxman, is one of the premier civil rights organizations in the United States whose mission is to fight all forms of racism in particular Antisemitism.
The ADL awarded its Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize to Zakaria five years ago.
Zakaria was disturbed that the ADL opposed the building of the Ground Zero Mosque which prompted him to return the award, including a $10,000.00 stipend, to the ADL. Zakaria claimed that he could not in good conscience keep the award in light of the ADL's opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque.
Abraham Foxman responded by asserting that he was "stunned, saddened and speechless" by Zakaria's decision to return the award.
Unfortunately, Zakaria has taken his liberal agenda too far.
While it is true that the ADL does have an illustrious record in promoting and encouraging religious freedom, it can not be expected to support an institution which is funded by the very radical elements which perpetuated 9/11.
The ADL and others have made the decision to oppose the building the Ground Zero Mosque for a very legitimate reason since it correctly believes that constructing such an institution in close proximity to the ruins of the World Trade Center would be an affront to the memories of the victims of 9/1.
The founder of the Ground Zero Mosque claims that he funded the building of the Islamic center to foster interfaith dialogue. However, Faisal Abdul Rauf is notorious for spewing anti-American rhetoric.
Madeline Brooks of the American Thinker overheard Rauf in one of his sermons denying that Muslims perpetuated 9/11. This illogical delusional mindset is consistent with an interview Rauf gave on CNN after 9/11. In the interview, Rauf blamed the U.S. for 9/11 asserting "U.S. policies were an accessory to the crime that happened. We [the U.S.] have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. Osama bin Laden was made in the USA."
Rauf has also blabbered in the past "terrorism will end only when the West acknowledges the harm it has done to Muslims."
Does Zakaria really believe in good faith that the ADL would support a Mosque spearheaded by a terrorist-supporting Imam?
Rauf is also known to be connected to the radical Islamic terrorist sympathizer group CAIR. His organization, Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, which raised the $4.85 million in cash dollars for the Ground Zero Mosque, is associated with Saudi Arabian leaders.
How could anyone support the building of Mosque so close to Ground Zero funded by the very country which raised the 9/11 hijackers?
Moreover, if anyone believes that this Mosque is not going to be a conduit for the radical Islamization of America, think again.
In addition to Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, Rauf started the Cordoba Initiative. The Cordoba Initiative endorses Sharia law and monitors how each country, including America, follows Sharia law. Sharia law is a rigid system which requires that governance be based on the Koran without any democratic intervention.
Rauf is now bringing his Cordoba Initiative Saudi -backed Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow partnership to the very heart of America.
Shame on Zakaria for publicly deriding the premier Jewish civil rights organization simply because they refused to support an Islamic terrorist enterprise.
Freedom of religion does have its limits which Zakaria fails to understand.
In retrospect, it is a good thing that Zakaria returned the award to the ADL. He does not deserve to have such a distinguished award after all.