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August 18, 2007



The national ADL’s position on the Armenian genocide is morally indefensible. The open letter published today by the ADL is almost breathtaking in its contempt for the importance of truth and the meaning of history. It is Orwellian logic indeed when we are told that stating the truth about history is “counterproductive” to coming terms with that history. To allow half-truths to serve, to withhold the acknowledgment of historical reality, to plead a “neutral” position in the face of a holocaust, is to make a joke of the expression “never again.”

Whether it was due to mission fatigue or creeping senility atop the ADL, no other act could so undermine the ADL’s credibility. The simple fact is that the ADL has disgraced its own cause and the common cause, and much atonement and asking of forgiveness is in order.

Kathleen Conley Norbut

As a Selectman in Monson, I have had the pleasure and privilege to Chair our No Place For Hate® campaign sponsored by ADL®, MMA and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. It is an exemplary program fighting prejudice of every form, promoting understanding and tolerance of differences. We have had lecture series, theatrical, musical and artistic performances and presentations. In July, I stepped down as Chair of the No Place For Hate® committee due to other commitments. I also regretfully had to decline an offer from the New England Chapter of ADL to be a member of the No Place For Hate® Steering Committee. One of the regrets that I had when I made the decision was the loss of being able to work with incredibly bright, knowledgeable and articulate individuals in the New England Chapter of ADL, like Mr. Andrew Tarsy. It is a shame to see his commitment to the ideals of the No Place For Hate® program, be a threat to the national leadership's hypocrisy with denial of the Armenian genocide. Mt. Tarsy should be commended for his leadership and integrity. I urge the New England Chapter to think carefully about the course and direction that they will take following these events. ADL® has been at the forefront of the fight for civil rights for over nine decades. Their efforts need to continue and rise to the height of their mission to eliminate hate, bigotry and prejudice in all forms, now perhaps more than ever.

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