Bigotry in Words or Actions
Abe Foxman speaks for me since I am a Jew and he is the spokesoman for the ADL. I never voted for him and I disagree with him on almost every issue (though we both dislike anti-Semitism). But the media quotes him and I am stuck being embarassed once more with his childish reaction.
Foxman's comment on Mel Gibson's apology to Jews was:
“The very fact he issued another statement is a step forward. The other one was total p.r., and this one we’ll accept - for now.”
Alan Combes badgered Ann Coulter last night that Foxman has accepted Gibson's apology. No, he has not. Look at the last 2 words---"for now". An accepted apology places no statute of limitations on its term. Ann commented on how Gibson said nothing different that leading Dem lights as Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore. I would add that Dem Presidential candidate Al Sharpton has said and done much worse---his words in 1995 caused a pogrom on a Brooklyn neighborhood when he denounced "white interlopers". But that guy was unchallenged by reporters and party competitors as a presidential candidate of the party!
Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition offers a better perspective:
There really are anti-Semites in this world of ours right now who not only wish to destroy all Jews but are doing all within their powers to bring that about. Does the name Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggest anything? Does it really make a lot of sense to treat Mel Gibson as a threat to Jews anywhere?
As for the remarks Gibson made while intoxicated, ancient Jewish wisdom informs us that one way we can know what a person is really like is by how he behaves when he is drunk. From this we can safely assume that Mel Gibson doesn't think much of Jews.
However there is another nugget of ancient Jewish wisdom emphasizing that we owe atonement for that which lies in our hearts, only to God. If I have an unworthy thought in my heart about you, I need to make good with God but I don't owe you an apology unless I act upon that thought. We humans are morally obliged to make good to other people only for those things we do, and not for any thoughts we have in our minds.