The religious bigots at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) are hyperventilating over the possibility of the Star of David being displayed at a Holocaust memorial at the Ohio state capital. Yes, at a Holocaust museum where 6 million Jews were murdered.
(FFRF) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf of its more than 500 Ohio members, is objecting to a religious design on a Holocaust memorial to be built at the Ohio statehouse. FFRF, a Madison, Wis.-based association of 19,000 atheists and agnostics, is a national state/church watchdog.
The design selected for the memorial, created by architect Daniel Libeskind, incorporates stainless steel rectangular structures with the prominent sacred religious Star of David in the negative space. Libeskind’s justification for using an overtly religious symbol on government property was, “one cannot separate the Holocaust from the star.”
However, semi-finalists Jaume Plensa and Ann Hamilton did just that.
FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor sent a letter June 14, 2013 to former Ohio Senator Richard Finan, chair of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, stating: “Either of Plensa’s or Hamilton’s designs would be preferable to avoid a potentially unconstitutional entanglement of government and religion. Therefore, the state, in choosing Libeskind’s plan using a prominent sacred symbol, knowingly selected and endorsed a design with constitutional concerns.”
FFRF points out that there were at least five million non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including gays, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma Gypsies, the disabled and many others who are excluded by use of the symbol.
“To align the State of Ohio with one religion and its sacred symbol— even a minority religion for a worthy memorial— would dishonor the truest protection our country has against a similar Holocaust on our shores: the precious constitutional principle separating religion from government. Had there been a separation between religion and state honored and enforced in Germany, ensuring the government could not favor the dominant religion and persecute and scapegoat minority religions and other ‘dissidents,’ there would not have been a Holocaust.”
I truly do not think the FFRF truly believes including the Star of David in a memorial for the Holocaust aligns the State of Ohio government with any religion, they aren’t that stupid…I hope. The FFRF is the worst kind of activists. They attempt to prevent religious imagery for the sake of agitation, in the same way the Westboro Baptist Church protests funerals. It makes them feel good about themselves to aggravate and offend large masses of people, just like school yard bullies.
If they claim they don’t hate God and religion, actions like this belie that claim. Stomping their feel like petulant children who’ve been put in a time out doesn’t really send a message of “we aren’t a bigoted hate-group”. What a sorry bunch of people.
In case anyone forgot, the Founders of this country had no problems with God or religion in government.