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ADL Honors George W. Bush

By: JTA

The Anti-Defamation League awarded its highest honor to former President George W. Bush.

The ADL presented its America’s Democratic Legacy Award to the former president during a Thursday night gala dinner that opened the its national executive committee meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

“We will never forget, Mr. President, how the vision you laid out of ‘two states, living side by side, in peace and security’ still informs our consciousness and our parlance today,” said the ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman. “You solidified an unbreakable affinity between two democracies challenged by extremists and terrorists — and an ironclad shared understanding — that security is one of the most important foundations for peace.”

Foxman also hailed Bush’s support for immigration reform and his leadership after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“When you were called on to respond to unspeakable terror, hate and violence, you refused to let America give into stereotypes,” Foxman said. “You answered calls for anti-Muslim revenge with calls for respect and understanding.”

Bush spoke at the dinner, which was held at The Breakers resort and was reportedly closed to the press.

Previous recipients of the award, which the ADL has been giving out for more than half a century, have included American presidents as well as other government, business, literary and religious figures.

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2 Responses to “ADL Honors George W. Bush”

  1. Typical Foxman — praise Bush for the one think that Bush is most guilty of, namely, propagating the lie that Islam and the Muslim community are peaceful. This is the misconception that led us into the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: just get rid of the dictator and the basically peaceful Moslems will remake their society into a western-style democracy. If either Foxman or Bush understood the first thing about Islam, many thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars of our wealth would have been spared. That "first thing about Islam is that Islam is NOT a religion like other religions, but rather a totalitarian and supremacist ideology which does not permit democracy as we understand the term. The American Muslim community is no different.

  2. Even though Bush was ill informed about Islam, among other things, he looks like a giant when compared to our present "leader". In fact, Alfred E. Newman looks good compared to B.O.

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