Mountain States ADL in Action

  • July 24, 2015


Recently, the Mountain States office of the Anti-Defamation League spoke out concerning anti-Israel bus ads in Denver and reports of an “anti-Ramadan” barbecue in Colorado Springs.

Commenting on a story by KDVR Fox 31 News that accused Colorado’s RTD, or Regional Transportation District, of applying a double-standard when deciding which ads to accept or reject as it pertained specifically to a run of anti-Israel bus ads, ADL Regional Director Scott L. Levin explained,

“There is no credible evidence that Israel has been involved in any ethnic cleansing or war crimes. If RTD is actually willing to evaluate, in these other campaigns, whether or not something is false, misleading or deceptive, it really ought to be doing it in this situation — to not do so is a double standard. Our belief is people are entitled to have bad speech. The way you overcome that is just with a lot more good speech, but if you’re going to establish a policy we want to make sure you apply it and apply it fairly.”

Earlier this summer, responding to reports that the Colorado Springs chapter of the Infidels Motorcycle Club has distributed flyers advertising an anti-Ramadan barbecue including a pig roast “in defiance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan” at and around Fort Carson Army Base in El Paso County, Colorado, ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott L. Levin issued the following statement:

“ADL is deeply disturbed by the “open bike party” and “pig roast” titled “In Defiance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan” that a local chapter of the Infidels Motorcycle Club reportedly planned for this weekend and advertised through the distribution of inflammatory flyers. Holding an event mocking the Muslim observance of Ramadan, a holy time in the Muslim faith, is highly offensive and abhorrent. As a community, we must reject anti-Muslim bigotry whenever and wherever it surfaces.”