April 19, 2012 |
The Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia publicly objected Thursday to a T-shirt being sold by Urban Outfitters Inc. that bears a symbol that critics said resembles a Star of David patch that Jews in Nazi Europe were forced to wear during the Holocaust, sometimes on concentration camp uniforms. "We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers," Barry Morrison, regional director of the ADL, wrote in a letter e-mailed to Richard A. Hayne, chairman and chief executive of the retail corporation headquartered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
March 15, 2012
When someone keeps commiting offensive acts, but apologizes afterward each time, is he really sorry? That question arises in the case of Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters, which again is selling apparel that offends a particular segment of American society. This time, again, it's Irish Americans, who are stereotypically depicted on T-shirts and other items Urban Outfitters hopes to sell to St. Patrick's Day revelers. It's a shame that an event that for the better part of 1,000 years was observed solely as a religious holiday that began in Ireland has become for too many people little more that an excuse for bawdy behavior.
October 30, 2009
COLUMNIST Elmer Smith rails against the hate-crimes bill signed into law by President Obama. Current law authorizes federal involvement in hate-crime cases only when the victim is targeted because of race, color, religion or national origin. The new legislation lets the Justice Department intervene when the crime is based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. The law also lets federal prosecutors assist local authorities in states that have no hate-crimes law, or states where the law is limited.
April 12, 2009 |
Hate crimes continue to be a plague to our state and nation: A Mexican immigrant was beaten to death last year in Shenandoah. Also last year, some 7,000 hate crimes were reported to the FBI. This month, Congress has an opportunity to deal with this challenge by adopting the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. A top priority of the Anti-Defamation League, this legislation would strengthen federal hate crimes laws by authorizing the...
May 12, 2008 |
Barry Morrison listened with a modest smile last week as one speaker after another extolled his "courage" and "passion" and "integrity. " "He is a hero," Mayor Nutter told the audience of 500 at the Crystal Tea Room. "I love you, Barry, for being my friend," said an emotional Tom Martinez, a former "white supremacist from Kensington. " It sounded like a farewell party, but no. Morrison, executive director of the regional Anti-Defamation League, was celebrating his 30th anniversary at the ADL and has no plans to leave soon.
April 26, 2008
MINISTER Rodney Muhammad isn't very convincing in saying that the Nation of Islam is not a hate group ("Hate Group? No, Just Hated," op-ed, April 10). The Nation of Islam, since its founding in the 1930s, has maintained a consistent record of racism and anti-Semitism under the guise of instilling African-Americans with a sense of empowerment. Under the guidance of Louis Farrakhan, who has expressed anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric for nearly 30 years as the NOI's leader, the organization has used its programs, institutions and publications to disseminate its message of hate.
February 13, 2005 |
The controversial arrest of five Christian protesters at a gay-rights festival in Philadelphia has triggered an effort by their supporters to remove homosexuals as a protected group from Pennsylvania's hate-crimes law. The five defendants, members of Repent America, are scheduled to be in court this week on a variety of criminal charges including hate crimes. They have gotten national attention, particularly from conservatives convinced that the five are being persecuted solely for preaching that the Bible condemns homosexuality.
August 31, 2003 |
The disease of anti-Semitism is vexingly complex, takes many forms and knows no permanent cure. With that in mind, we offer the following pointers on stopping the spread of this disease, which takes its toll not only on Jews, but on society as a whole. First, the Jewish faith should not be denigrated. It should be accorded the respect it deserves and viewed as an equal to other religions. Tragically, numerous Web sites, media outlets in the Arab-Muslim world, and other sources violate this rule.
January 31, 2003 |
Peace, or at least a truce and the framework for a peace agreement, appears to be at hand between the Akiba Hebrew Academy and the Phelps School, after allegations of anti-Semitism poisoned their sports rivalry. Yesterday, two weeks after an Akiba basketball player was punched in the mouth by a Phelps student, the heads of both schools, their athletic directors, and representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, hammered out a plan for forging a better relationship.
July 10, 2002
THE DAILY NEWS gets it! Your editorial of June 28 on the labor situation at the Convention Center was right on target. In the past, only the politics of the unions has been dealt with. The business of the Convention Center was a secondary consideration. That meant that the interests of the customers at the center placed a distant second to the interest of the politics of the unions. Only by heeding your advice will our customers accept change as meaningful and return to the center: "We urge Harrisburg to approve the appropriation and then hold the money hostage until the changes (i.e.