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April 26, 2005

Top Conservative: Court Gave Us “Biggest Holocaust in World History”

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As you know, Senate GOP Leader Bill Frist joined Sunday's radical-right telecast to dismantle the "unprecedented filibuster of people of faith" and deride "anti-Christian" judges and Democrats. Also on the agenda? Inappropriate abuse of the memory of the Holocaust and more court-bashing.

James Dobson, the far-right founder of "Focus on the Family" and a central speaker on Sunday, asserted that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision resulted in "The biggest holocaust in world history that came out of the Supreme Court." Dobson has previously compared the current Supreme Court justices to the Ku Klux Klan (click for more). Dobson is widely credited with playing a major role in President Bush's victory in 2004.

"It is disturbing enough that a radical-right leader like Dobson would engage in such divisive rhetoric to score anti-choice points. But it is inexcusable for the Senate GOP Leader -- the second highest-ranking elected Republican in the land -- to appear on the same telecast where the memory of the Holocaust is diminished," said National Jewish Democratic Council Executive Director Ira N. Forman. "The Anti-Defamation League has rightly pointed out that such comparisons between a woman's right to choose and the Holocaust are 'hideous and offensive,' implying that American women who exercise their rights under U.S. law are somehow Nazis (click for more). Such rhetoric is patently offensive, and it trivializes the memory of the Holocaust.

"The GOP and conservatives have an insidious, pervasive problem with inappropriate abuse of Holocaust rhetoric. Bush White House insider Grover Norquist does it; GOP lawmakers and conservative talk show hosts and commentators do it; even the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign did it (click for more). Such unacceptable rhetoric is an epidemic among conservatives and Republicans, and it must end," Forman added.

Had enough? Tell Senator Frist that he should not associate himself with such rhetoric that diminished the memory of the Holocaust.