Deborah Lipstadt’s Nomination Stalled by Senate; Lawmaker Says Teachers Should Be 'Impartial' When Teaching About Nazism; GOP Rep. Compares Vaccine Mandates to the Holocaust

  • January 14, 2022
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THE WEEK’S BIG 3

Nearly six months after being nominated by President Biden to serve as the State Department’s antisemitism envoy, Deborah Lipstadt, renowned Holocaust scholar, has yet to be confirmed due to efforts by some in the Senate who have complained that she criticized some of them on Twitter. An Indiana state legislator who last week said teachers should be “impartial” when teaching about Nazism and fascism is now backtracking from his comments after outrage from Jewish groups. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, on Wednesday compared Covid vaccination mandates to the Holocaust, a statement that was met with swift backlash from ADL and others.

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  1. Deborah Lipstadt’s Nomination to Serve as Antisemitism Envoy Stalled by Senate

    “The decision [to nominate Lipstadt] drew praise from more than 20 liberal and conservative Jewish groups, all of whom were impressed with Dr. Lipstadt’s sterling credentials and her reputation for standing up to antisemitism wherever she saw it, whether it was neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville, Va., or a liberal icon in Congress.” The New York Times: LEARN MORE

    + Tell your Senators: Confirm Professor Deborah Lipstadt to serve as the US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism

    + MORE: Deborah Lipstadt may be asked to apologize to Republican senator before confirmation as antisemitism envoy – JTA

  2. Indiana Lawmaker Backtracks After Saying Teachers Should Be 'Impartial' When Teaching About Nazism, Fascism

    “State Sen. Scott Baldwin (R), during a state Senate committee hearing on Wednesday regarding a proposed bill that would prohibit ‘divisive concepts’ in schools, said educators have gone ‘too far’ when taking a position on Marxism, Nazism and fascism, arguing that they ‘need to be impartial.’” The Hill: FULL STORY

    + ADL Midwest Tweet: Indiana Sen. Scott Baldwin's apology doesn't change the deep harms of using "impartiality" or "neutrality" as tools to sanitize history.

    + ADL Resource: Extremists and Contentious Language at School Board Meetings – What You Can Do

  3. Another GOP Rep Compares Vaccine Mandates to the Holocaust

    “Rep. Davidson (R-OH) made the comparison by retweeting a post from Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser about a new vaccination policy and sharing the photo of a health pass that people were required to carry under the Nazi regime.” NBC News: READ MORE

    + ADL tweet: It's never appropriate to compare requirements for public health with the tactics of Nazi Germany. As we've said too many times to count, minimizing the Holocaust in this way is deeply offensive and harmful.

    + WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on MSNBC’s Way Too Early

 

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