We submitted the following to the Wall Street Journal and an abridged version appeared in the August 1, 2018 edition:
I appreciated Liel Leibovitz’ article (Is Brett Kavanaugh Bad for the Jews? July 24, 2018 ) confirming that the Anti-Defamation League currently serves more as a partisan branch of the Democrat Party than fulfilling its founding mission as an organization combating anti-Semitism.
However, I want to point out that while Jonathan Greenblatt has moved the ADL further to the Left, that shift was already well under way during the tenure of the organization’s prior president, Abe Foxman. During the 90s, the ADL became actively hostile toward Evangelical Christianity as seen in many of their publications such as “The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance & Pluralism in America”. This notorious 200 page polemic, for which the ADL eventually was forced to apologize, excoriated leaders like Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Sr. and Phyllis Schlafly. The American Alliance of Jews and Christians was founded in response to the leftward tilt of many Jewish groups like the ADL. Our credo is to “promote traditional values while opposing bigotry against traditional faith, particularly the war on Christianity.”
Sadly, many groups founded by Jews express hostility to Judeo-Christian values, not only abandoning their lofty founding goals but converting them into vehicles hostile towards religious Jews and Christians but nearly always supportive of Moslems.
Mr. Leibovitz wrote that the ADL should, “…realize that the threats to Jews these days come as fiercely from the left as they do from the right.” That is not entirely accurate. Anti-Semitism on the right is from the fringe, while anti-Jewish and anti-Israel bigotry from the left increasingly represents the position held by rising stars in Democrat politics who are seldom denounced by the establishment.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin
Mercer Island, WA
President, American Alliance of Jews and Christians