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Inappropriate rhetoric

By Staff | Oct 8, 2010

To the editor,

I was stunned to learn (Sept. 16, 2010 issue of the Island Reporter) that for the third year in a row, Sheriff Mike Scott has been asked to serve on the statewide selection committee for the Anti-Defamation League’s award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.

This is the same Mike Scott who, appearing in uniform on stage in an Oct. 8, 2008 rally for Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, pointedly referred to then candidate Obama as “Barack Hussein Obama” in a transparent implication that Obama was a Muslim, which he is not and never was.

Scott’s blatant appeal to hate and ignorance was so offensive that Palin’s campaign spokesperson, Tracey Schmitt, shortly afterward disavowed Scott’s remarks,stating, “We do not condone this inappropriate rhetoric.”

But apparently it doesn’t bother the ADL, or, more charitably, perhaps they’ve just lost their memory since 2008. Or has our country’s sensitivity to bigotry been so dumbed down in today’s toxic political environment that historic public displays of prejudice are allowed to stand without protest, apology or consequences?

I am forwading this message to the Florida ADL in the hope that they will show the character to acknowledge their mistake in Scott’s selection and rescind his appointment.

Roger Levey

New York and Sanibel