CNN's Zakaria to ADL: Take Your Award Back

He's angry group opposes mosque
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2010 10:09 AM CDT
A 2007 file photo of Fareed Zakaria.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

(Newser) – CNN anchor and Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria is giving back an award and honorarium he got from the Anti-Defamation League 5 years ago because the group opposes the proposed Ground Zero mosque. "I hope that it might add to the many voices that have urged you to reconsider and reverse your position," writes Zakaria. "What is at stake here is the integrity of the ADL and its fidelity to its mission. Admitting an error is a small price to pay to regain your reputation." Read his full letter here and a related piece by him here.

ADL chief Abraham Foxman responded with a letter of his own, declaring himself "stunned and somewhat speechless" by Zakaria's move. He reiterates that the group thinks Ground Zero is too "sensitive" a site for the mosque. "If the stated goal was to advance reconciliation and understanding, we believe taking into consideration the feelings of many victims and their families, of first responders and many New Yorkers, who are not bigots but still feel the pain of 9/11, would go a long way to achieving that reconciliation." (Read more Fareed Zakaria stories.)

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