That Star of David thing is way too Jewish.
That’s basically the message of an atheist group objecting to the design of a Holocaust memorial proposed for the Statehouse grounds in Columbus, Ohio.
The memorial’s fine. The Holocaust was a terrible thing.
But a Star of David? Let’s think about something else.
“Permitting one permanent sectarian and exclusionary religious symbol…would create the legal precedent, for instance, to place an equally large or larger permanent Latin cross on Capitol grounds,” wrote Don Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.
Besides that knotty precedent stuff, the pair also said including the Star of David would imply the exclusion of the estimated 5 million non-Jews killed in the Holocaust, including Roma Gypsies, homosexuals, the disabled, and others.
Fortunately, a state commission overcame the qualms of exclusion to approve a design for the memorial that included the six-pointed star that Jews were forced to wear, but it did so over the objections – and dissenting vote – of its chairman, who thought the atheists might have grounds for a lawsuit, according to the Columbus Post Dispatch.
Not to worry, the memorial specifically mentions those victims of Nazi mass murder who weren’t Jews – who just happened to be loathed as much as Jews were that they were forced to share their fate.
It states, in part, it is “In remembrance of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and millions more including prisoners of war, ethnic and religious minorities, homosexuals, the mentally ill, the disabled and political dissidents who suffered under Nazi Germany.”
God forbid anyone feel excluded.
Even from the Holocaust.