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ADL Calls for Apology from MA State Senator For Distributing Anti-Muslim Flier

Boston, MA, June 27, 2003 ... In an open letter to Massachusetts State Senator Guy Glodis, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called upon him to publicly apologize from the Senate floor for having distributed an incendiary and bigoted flier that “purports to provide a formula for responding to Muslim extremism.” The League said the flier, which claimed that terrorist attacks could be deterred if convicted Muslim extremists were buried with pig entrails, was “deeply troubling” because it employed an “offensive caricature of Muslim beliefs.”

Together with the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, ADL is circulating a letter seeking to enlist the diverse communities and organizations in the area to call for an apology from Sen. Glodis.

The following is the text of the letter to Sen. Glodis, signed by Robert Leikind, ADL New England Regional Director, and Andrew Tarsy, ADL Eastern States Counsel:

    We understand that you have been circulating to your colleagues in the Statehouse a “flier” that purports to provide a formula for responding to Muslim extremism, and utilizes an offensive caricature of Muslim beliefs to achieve the point. We have had an opportunity to review the flier and find nothing in it that can contribute to the fight against terrorism. Rather, it is an incendiary document that is best suited to sowing discord among the diverse peoples in our communities.

    Your decision to circulate it among colleagues is deeply troubling and calls for an immediate explanation. In this regard, your response to this episode, as reported in this morning’s Boston Globe did little to reassure us that there was any purpose other than spreading gratuitous invective. It is the kind of approach that gives safe harbor to the hatred that has led in some instances, like this week in New Bedford, to violence against our own neighbors here in the Commonwealth. Barring a reasonable explanation, we believe that a prompt apology from the floor of the Senate is warranted.

    ADL is an organization with 90 years of experience in fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, and protecting and defending democracy against extremist threats. Appeals to divisiveness will only weaken us at a time when our nation faces significant challenges. We urge you to address this matter promptly.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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