Stop the ACLU Director "Pleased" with Role in Jewish Family's Flight
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Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 04:29:00 AM EST
Kareiva: "I am pleased that we had an effect in this case...I'm not so sure I can take credit for it."
Stop the ACLU Director "Pleased" with Role in Jewish Family's Flight

A couple of days ago Bruce Wilson posted on a story broken by Jews on First about a Jewish family who had allegedly been forced to leave town after complaining about aggressive proselytising by the local Indian River School District in Delaware. One detail which was not included by Jews on First, but which I picked up on via a commentator at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, was that an organisation named the "Stop the ACLU Coalition" (STACLU) had publicised the family’s home address and phone number, in order to "expose" them as "ACLU plaintiffs". STACLU's denunciation wasn't even accurate – the ACLU has given the family some support, but they are in fact being represented by a Wilmington law firm.

Jesus' General has now contacted STACLU director Nedd Kareiva, to congratulate him for his part in what he calls the "Indian River Pogrom":

...I think you deserve partial credit for making that happen. After all, you did publish their name, address, and phone number on your web site (see screen cap below) as part of your "Expose ACLU Plaintiffs" project. It certainly wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that such information gave people the means they needed to drive the Dobrich family from their home.

Of course, you didn't do it all by yourself. The good god-fearing Christians of the Indian Hill School District deserve most of the credit...

Kareiva responds to the General (emphases added):

Pogrom? I'm not sure I want to call it that. That is not an appropriate term, however, I am pleased that we had an effect in this case. We have others we want to put up on the site to shame them but have not gotten around to it. And I'm not so sure I can take credit for it. However, if an ACLU speaker was booed, that's music to my ears.

I would appreciate it if you would sign your actual name rather than JC Christian.


Nedd Kareiva

There seems to be a bit of buzz building about the incident too. Thanks Richard, for clueing us in to this new development.

That's a very interesting quote from the "STOP The ACLU" spokesperson. Oh my. In technical terms, what happened in Indian River was not a progrom because no mob violence occured. From available reports, the incident seems to have involved significant antisemitism, and the targeted victims fled, apparently, due to threats of violence and not from violent attacks in process.  

So how then should we characterize this ? - "pogrom light" ?

The Stop The ACLU spokesperson quoted by Jesus' General seems a tad equivocal : "Pogrom? I'm not sure I want to call it that".  That would seem to indicate that Nedd Kareiva might want to call it a pogrom and take credit for that.

But, beyond the realm of 'gotcha' attack journalism, one thing is quite clear :

Nedd Kareiva is "pleased" at the effect his group's efforts had in Indian River, and one of those effects was the driving of a Jewish family from its home amidst threats and of violence.

If Stop the ACLU did NOT agree with that outcome, Kareiva and other spokespersons for the group would issue an apology for its role, however central or not, in the Indan River incident. But, it seems that Stop the ACLU sees nothing whatsoever that is disagreeable or problematic in what has just happened in Indian River, and that is telling.

Stop The ACLU also appears to have been doing a good deal of the heavy lifting in terms of recent attacks -- allegations of treason -- against the New York Times and The Washington Post. Americans will be interested to hear about how this group is working in areas to advance their agenda.

The letter Jesus' General sent to Stop The ACLU - and that Nedd Kareiva was reacting to - bears scrutiny. Here are the first several paragraphs :

Dear Mr. Kareiva,

Please allow me to be the first to thank you and the staff of Stop The ACLU for all you did to make the Indian River Pogrom such a resounding success. It isn't easy to run a Jewish family out of town in these politically correct times. Usually, they just hunker down, hiding behind antiquated interpretations of the Constitution and the good will of those who wrongly believe that non-Christians are entitled to all of the benefits of citizenship.

But this time, the family fled, and I think you deserve partial credit for making that happen. After all, you did publish their name, address, and phone number on your web site (see screen cap below) as part of your "Expose ACLU Plaintiffs" project. It certainly wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that such information gave people the tools they needed to drive the Dobrich family from their home.

Of course, you didn't do it all by yourself. The good god-fearing Christians of the Indian Hill School District deserve most of the credit. They took to the task of ethnic cleansing with a vengeance , not sparing anyone discomfort, not even the Dobrich children


It's interesting to see what "STOP The ACLU" supporters have to say. Here's one pointed opinion from a supporter of the group who felt strongly enough to place the following on her website masthead:

The ACLU (Satan's Army) is hell-bent on removing the Christian God from American society in the name of other's rights not to see, hear or speak of it. They are the tool of the New World Order, a bunch of shark lawyers who's founder was a communist. Like true con artists they do a good deed now and then while planning many evils. BEWARE the wolf in shark's clothing...

Chip Berlet, here on Talk To Action, has written quite a bit about the theological outlook inherent in such views.

by Bruce Wilson on Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 09:46:50 AM EST

I know that my Rabbi met with the Dobriches after they moved "up north" to Wilmington... I think they are now members of our congregation - but I'm not absolutely 100% certain, because we are not listing them in our congregational membership listing - presumably for their safety...

Even with them moving to a large metropolitan area with a large Jewish population - they are still scared enough to remain anonymous, even among "their own"...

I hope one day to meet them.


by EmilyWynn8 on Wed Jul 05, 2006 at 10:47:02 AM EST

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