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August 7th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

Fareed Zakaria to return Anti-Defamation League award over ground zero mosque

Here's a statement the Anti-Defamation League released yesterday in response to Zakaria's announcement:

ADL “SADDENED AND STUNNED” BY FAREED ZAKARIA’S DECISION TO RETURN AWARD

New York, NY, August 6, 2010 … In response to Fareed Zakaria returning an award that was presented to him in 2005, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it was “saddened, stunned and somewhat speechless” by his decision.

Zakaria, the host of Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN and a Newsweek columnist, was presented the League’s Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize in 2005 for his journalism and championing the values of the First Amendment. In a letter received today, Mr. Zakaria indicated that while he was “delighted” to receive the award then, he could not “in good conscience hold onto the award” after learning of the League’s decision to urge the relocation of the planned Islamic Center near Ground Zero.

"I am not only saddened but stunned and somewhat speechless by your decision to return the ADL Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize you accepted in 2005,” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, wrote in a letter responding to Mr. Zakaria.

As someone I greatly respect for engaging in discussion and dialogue with an open mind, I would have expected you to reach out to me before coming to judgment,” Mr. Foxman added.

Foxman said he hoped that Mr. Zakaria “will come to see that ADL acted appropriately” and would reclaim the award bestowed upon him.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Judaism • Muslim • Religious liberty

soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Biana Hararyk

    Hello.This post was really motivating, particularly since I was looking for thoughts on this topic last couple of days.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:41 am |
  2. Patti

    ...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved... (Acts 16:31)

    August 12, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  3. Paul Delaup

    I doubt that Fareed Zakaria will ever give a response to the factual arguments against the Islam religion on his TV show, GPS. I also doubt that these comments even reach his desk.

    I've seen some detailed quotes from the Koran stated on this page, along with negative comments against them, or even no response at all. I have done a little research and have found a breakdown of threatening, horrendous, disgusting statements used in the religion of "peace and tolerance". The number of stmts. follows the category;

    -Commands to Kill: 109 -Martyrdom–Suicide Attacks: 9
    -Sex Slavery: 22 -Forced Conversion: 12
    -Torture: 14 -Men in Charge of Women: 14
    -Wife Beating: 6 -Women Worth Less Than Men: 26
    -Religious Freedom / -Veils: 8
    Apostasy: 14
    -Temporary Marriage: 3

    Could Fareed Zakaria come forward and state if he is 100% Muslim, or simply a mild, "lukewarm", Muslim.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  4. Laura

    Applaud your decision in returning the award – a brave, hard choice. Religion is not bad. Zealots and fanatics in any religion (or in anything) are. All religions have blood on their hands – look at how many people have died in the name of religion. We have constitutional rights here, freedoms – this is what makes us who we are. Stopping people from building places of worship is another act of intolerance and hate. There is no excuse whatsoever for the violence of 9/11, but we should spend more time trying to understand why there is so much hatred for Americans around the world – most of us don't even know that many around the world hate us. This would be a good step in learning what it means to be American. Intolerance to those who hold different religious views, in a country that constitutionally supports freedom of religion, based on fear, will only breed more hate. Let the mosques be built, and the temples, and cathedrals and churches, etc. but let's keep the extremism in check.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:34 am |
  5. Mary, Boise, Idaho

    I admire Fareed, now more than ever. I think his decision is great! People are weighing in on this topic of a mosque who don't even live in the neighborhood! Pretty nervy. Sixty-some years ago my Sunday School taught me first that God is love. Where is the love of those preaching hate? When do you plan to get on with your life? What kind of an example do YOU who dissent with such venom set for your children? Let the anger go. It destroys people and countries instread of making them stronger.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:12 am |
  6. sammysd

    Finally, the progressive mask comes off and we now know that Fareed Zakaria is a closet Islamist supporter. I used to be a fan of Zakaria, not anymore.

    August 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  7. jpeditor

    Fareed was born a muslim. Did I miss him REFUTING HIS HERITAGE ON 9/11?

    I don't care if he is "secular" now, HE'S A MUSLIM who didn't "turn in" his religion, and we are supposed to sympathize with him returning his ADL award out of some pique?

    Also, lets correct some taqiya / muslim LYING about Cordoba. Some useful infidel (or his muslim hamdler) wrote above:

    "The only thing correct in the above post is that Cordoba was/is in Spain where all worshipers of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism (Peoples of the Book) were welcome and flourished."

    THATS A LIE. Cordoba was the main conquest of the muslims, and they put up the largest mosque there as a symol of their conquest. And with few exceptions, Christians and Jews paid the jezira, the EXTRA tax on infidels as proscribed by Sharia, the SAME SHARIA the 9/11 jihadi memorial mosque's imam SUPPORTS.

    "As for Muslims building a mosque on the site of church 1000 (!) years ago, they may have but 1) that was a common practice during that time when a new regime came into ..."

    ANOTHER LIE. While some Christian Churches were on land of the Roman Empire, the Romans had disappeared long before most of the Churches were built.

    ONLY ISLAM has a CONSISTENT PRACTICE of DESTROYING THEIR CONQUEST'S CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND SYNAGOGUES and putting their cult of obamination's on top of them.

    This "mosque" adjacent to Ground Zero is no better than the KKK putting up a social hall on an African American historic slave cemetery.

    And note who supports it:

    Liberals, leftists, supporters of Rangel and other corrupt Congressman, the same people who are destroying our economy now want to defecate on the graves of 2996 people slaughtered by muslims.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
    • girl

      let me guess.. you don't have a college education.

      "Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt"

      savor the quote honey.

      August 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  8. Texas wont slip

    Kindy go f^&* yourself "Fa-reeck"
    Piece of trash that you are

    August 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  9. Jose

    Fareed Zakaria reacted as if he were working for Terrorist News Network (TNN) Al Jazeera, ha ha ha.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      well, he does work for the US media!!!
      Not too far from being a terrorist promoting network in its own right!
      I am not sure where is the humor in your comment!

      August 11, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  10. Reality

    What drove the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim to include Fareed Zakaria can be trusted anytime or anywhere.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  11. dwighthuth

    Here is another example of what type of mentality will be spawned in the underground chambers of the Islamic Center being built near Ground Zero.

    Taken from a poster replying in the thread about Sunam Gul being murderd with child by the Taliban:

    IluvSaudi Yes, Islamic societes are more pure than other societies because we live according to Allah's laws and not man's laws. This woman committed adultery and received Allah's justice. And to the loser who called me a troll, I have this to say to you in Arabic: Inta khaneeth wa inta ghabee! hehehe.

    This mentality is that of a sociopath. Degenerates like this use their religion to say that they a god has given them the right to kill whomever they chose to for whatever reason they chose to which is all based on lies. These degenerates only value their pwoer over a person where they use fear of death and killing to force someone to believe that they are some voice or hand of god that has given them some right to do as they chose to do to a person.

    This is just one more reason to blockade and send to the bottom any attempts to build ANY religious facility near Ground Zero. Even if the facility is built someone one will find a way to make sure that the Islamic Center is discretely dismissed from view.

    Remember that all all Muslim's are not Islamists but those that call theirself Islamists should be considered agents of the Taliban and Al-Queada until Osama Bin Laden has been killed.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  12. TSims

    It was incredibly inappropriate and insensative of Fareed to characterize those against the mosque/cultural center at ground zero as having " irrational feelings", prejudices, and hatreds, simply because they don't agree with him. Certainly there can be other points of view. As a NY'er, Ive heard people agreeing with their right to worship and practice their religious beliefs but feel that the acquisition in this location is deliberately provocative. There is still a lot of pain out there, and their pain is legitimate. Others see it as a shrine built to the act murdered their loved ones, and fellow Americans and brought us to war. It doesn't make them bad, hateful or wrong. Its just a different point of view than yours, which you chose not to respect.
    As for your returning the award given to you from the ADL......that speaks more of your prejudices and hatreds Fareed. I didnt hear you ask the viewers who dont agree with you to stop watching. For the first time this week I did not enjoy an appearance of yours because you've proved not to be the man you portray to be.

    August 9, 2010 at 9:37 am |
    • Steve (Brussels)

      Like the islamists say: ‘The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers".
      Isn't that peaceful?

      August 9, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  13. Blurp01

    Its sad to hear these types of responses to someones reaction to a group that adopts a dual face standard as a norm. I am critical of the place, and I am not critical of service the place is going to provide. When are going to do with things at more than face value and appreciate all human presence with all their contributions. The absence of evil is not a good thing since we won't be able to reference what is good. The Media tries to reflect that all Moslem's and their symbols of religion are out there to get the Christians and threatens the Jews but in reality lets just review the incidents around the world. One last word for those who perpetrate their action as patriotic, and they know who they are, STOP acting you only have one interest and that is to serve your own".

    August 9, 2010 at 5:26 am |
  14. Blurp01

    Its sad to hear these types of responses to someones reaction to a group that adopts a dual face standard as a norm. I am critical of the place, and I am not critical of service the place is going to provide. When are going to do with things at more than face value and appreciate all human presence with all their contributions. The absence of evil is not a good thing since we won't be able to reference what is good. The Media tries to reflect that all Moslem's and their symbols of religion are out there to get the Christians and threatens the Jews but in reality lets just review the incidents around the world.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:24 am |
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