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Selectmen to consider leaving ADL program

adl-666.jpgFrom the News Team…

Scituate – There’s no place for hate in Scituate, but selectmen are having doubts about the town’s association with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Selectman John Danehey asked his fellow board members last week if they would support a motion to break its ties with the league, citing the organization’s reluctance to acknowledge the Armenian genocide as an official act of genocide.

“It’s insulting,” Danehey said. “They should be more open-minded.”

From 1915 to 1917, more than 1 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were killed under the rule of the Ottoman Turks in what became known as the Armenian genocide. According to a BBC News report in 2006, 21 countries worldwide have recognized the killings as genocide.

Selectmen said they would bring the issue up for discussion at their meeting Oct. 9. If selectmen choose to support Danehey’s motion to sever ties with the league, Scituate would be the fourth town in the state to break away from the ADL, following Newton, Watertown and Belmont.

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