New York, NY, October 16, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned offensive statements by two leading anti-gay activists, who during a recent radio appearance analogized “homosexual activists” to Nazis and claimed that they are demonizing Christians “like the Nazis used to do to the Jews.”
In an Oct. 4 broadcast of the “Americans for Truth about Homosexuality Radio Hour,” Peter LaBarbera, President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, stated that “homosexual activists” are demonizing Christians “like the Nazis used to do to the Jews.” His guest on the program, Judith Reisman, a visiting professor of Law at Liberty University, agreed, and likened inclusive education curricula in U.S. public schools to propaganda posters in schools in Hitler’s Germany.
ADL issued the following statement:
No matter how strong one’s objections to any cultural, religious, or ethnic group or how committed an organization is to its mission, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is offensive and has no place in civil discourse.
While Holocaust analogies generate headlines and get attention, they do little in the service of truth, history or memory. When LaBarbera and Reisman suggest that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are “demonizing [Christians] like the Nazis used to do to the Jews,” they undermine the historical truth of the Holocaust as a singular event in human history that led to the murder of six million Jews and millions of others.
Holocaust comparisons are deeply offensive and trivialize and distort the history and meaning of the Holocaust. We hope LaBarbera and Reisman will reconsider their words and refrain from invoking such analogies in the future.
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