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Posted on 04/16/2010 12:38:39 PM PDT by restornu
SALT LAKE CITY -- Jews and Mormons have a lot in common and should stand closer together.
That's what the leader of the Anti-Defamation League stressed during his first visit to Salt Lake City.
Abraham H. Foxman, the National Director of the ADL, was in Utah this week and told the Deseret News Editorial Board Thursday, April 15, that he had learned a lot during his meeting with six apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"We have a lot in common, Jews and Mormons," he said.
He said a group of Mormons visited him a few years ago, but this was his first time in Salt Lake, outside of a few brief airport layovers.
Foxman said that during his visit he saw in detail the emphasis the church puts on humanitarian service, genealogy and strengthening families.
He said he told LDS Church leaders, "We can maybe help you."
That's because he believes both Jews and Mormons suffer prejudice and bias -- mostly from ignorance.
He said the LDS Church also lacks a voice on the outside, like the Jews have with the ADL.
He said Mormons and Jews need to become closer and that mutual understanding is a good first step to better relations.
Foxman admitted that the Mormon proxy baptism doctrine -- which was discussed with church leaders this week -- is still a troubling issue for him. But said, "We understand each other better. We will continue the conversation."
The Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now considered one of the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.
Foxman predicts that times will get tougher because there is a lack of civility in the nation, more severe than has been seen in a long time.
He said a "perfect storm" exists right now because of three factors: the election of an African-American as president; immigration issues; and the economic crisis.
But despite some doom and gloom, Foxman is still optimistic.
"I start my day believing we can change people's minds and hearts," he said as the major reason for going to work every day. He's been the national ADL director since 1987 and has worked for the organization since 1965.
He stressed no one is born a bigot -- the behavior is learned, though it can be difficult to unlearn.
"I want respect," he said of his goal. "Don't love me. Respect me. Love is fickle."
When Foxman began his ADL career 45 years ago, he said polls estimated that one in three Americans were anti-Semitic. Today it is down to 14 percent -- though that still equals about 35 million Americans. What's more, Foxman said 2009 was the year with the most anti-Semitic incidents worldwide since the ADL has been keeping records.
He also worries that the Internet fosters a masked identity for bigots, similar to conditions that let the Klu Klux Klan thrive anonymously into the mid-20th century.
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Indeed. We have more in common with our fellow Israelites than they might know. :-)
“Abraham H. Foxman” should retire before he makes an even bigger @ss of himself.
Abe Foxman is a POS who attacks Geert Wilders.
Foxman is an unapologetic Marxist.
“... both Jews and Mormons suffer prejudice and bias — MOSTLY FROM IGNORANCE.”
True, so very true. Some even from websites for conservative thought! ;)
Mormons and Catholics have some things in common, too.