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By Rev. Ted Pike
19 May 14


Any poll that is fair and accurately reflects its respondents' opinions must ask questions that allow free and truthful responses.  If the questions are phrased in a way that distorts reality and forces the respondent to distort the truth, the poll is skewed.  It does not provide accurate information to the public about people's true beliefs and the real world.

Take, for example, the question: "Have you stopped beating your wife?" It is unfair because it presumes something that has not been established.  It is also unfair because it does not give you opportunity to deny the implied charge.  You can only answer yes or no, further indicting yourself and coercing admission that you have been beating your wife. 

Anti-Defamation League's new "ADL Global 100 Survey" poll claims it has determined that one out of four of the world's inhabitants hold substantial anti-Semitic attitudes. It is skewed.  One of the first questions asked is whether you have unfavorable opinions concerning various groups, including Jews.  Many people would indeed have an unfavorable opinion concerning some Jews, but the poll will not allow expression of their true opinion.  The best they can answer is yes, which indicts them, according to ADL, as anti-Semitic. Instead of taking for granted the universally accepted truth that not all people of any race, nationality or religion are either good or bad, the poll uses only the term "Jews."  Respondents are allowed to only answer yes or no. As a result, those who answer yes are coerced into providing simplistic and self-indicting answers which may be untrue to their actual beliefs.

Do you see how ADL is acquiring "evidence" of anti-Semitic attitudes that don't really exist? They ask a skewed question, force people to provide a skewed answer, and now trumpet an alarming "fact" that anti-Semitism is rampant worldwide.

The rest of the poll continues in exactly this way.  You can fill it out, as I did, and see if you don't have the same feeling when finished: Your intellect and intelligence have been insulted.


Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.

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