Nat Hentoff's Best and Worst, All in One Month
Worst post-vacation reminder of an iconoclast who has lost his way: Hentoff's column last week for the Jewish World Review -- now being celebrated on right-wing, Tea Party websites everywhere -- condemning the location of the downtown mosque. Here's Hentoff, author of four books on the First Amendment, an expert on the Bill of Rights whose defense of tolerance and freedom of speech is so unrelenting that he's never balked at defending every societal outcast, from Nazis to flag-burners to anti-abortion zealots to on-air anti-semites. Here's Hentoff, who has now found a little corner of the world where his prized Bill of Rights does not apply, a No-Muslim Zone in lower Manhattan. He only fails to tell us how many blocks it should extend.
This sort of nonsense kind of breaks your heart, or, as Abbey Lincoln once sang it, "I'll Drown in My Own Tears."