Saturday, October 24, 2009

Faith Leaders Condemn Holocaust Comparisons

Deacon Greg Kandra/BeliefNet
October 23, 2009

This piece of news strikes me as sane and sensible -- and long overdue: Religious leaders are urging their colleagues and politicians to keep comparisons to Nazism and the Holocaust out of American public policy debates.

The Interfaith Alliance responded to a recent onslaught of references to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust, particularly as an analogy to the current discussion on health care reform.

"There is no place in civil debate for the use of these types of metaphors," 15 religious leaders said in an open letter, released Wednesday (Oct. 21).

"Perpetrators of such language harm rather than help both the integrity of the democratic process and the credibility of religious commentary." ...