But the actual protesters are people who are infamous for being far more militant and hateful: anti-theists!
An atheist group that is known for targeting supposed violations of the separation between church and state recently protested a Holocaust memorial because the monument plans to feature a Star of David.You know, its takes a special type of ass to halt construction of a Holocaust memorial just because it has the symbol of the people who lost their lives during that dark moment in human history.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, or FFRF, has stated its opposition to the proposed Ohio Statehouse Holocaust memorial because its leaders believe that including the religious symbol would create "legal precedent."
The co-presidents of the FFRF, Don Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, wrote a letter to Richard Finan, chair of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board about the proposed memorial, The Blaze reported.
"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," they wrote. The group maintains that they have an issue with including the star because it is associated with Judaism but have no problem with a Holocaust museum at the capitol.
"The monument could resemble numerous powerful war memorials across the U.S. which do not use any sectarian images, including the national World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial," the letter continued. "Each is secular in nature and without religious reference, which offends no one and is respected by all."
The architect who is involved with the project, Daniel Libeskind, purposefully included the star because he says that "one cannot separate the Holocaust from the star."
And yes, before anyone lectures me on the Constitution, I do realize that separation of church and state does exist. But let's get real here: the whole point of church/state separation is to prevent an official state religion from being established, and considering that no such state religion exists, church/state separation seems to be doing its job.
There is no reason to believe that religion is being endorsed through this memorial. Most sane people are not going to look at the Star of David on it and assume that Ohio has established Judaism as its state religion; they are going to look at it and realize that Ohio is honoring the Jews who lost their lives during the Holocaust.
FFRF and similar anti-theist organizations like American Atheists do not care about church/state separation. They only care about eliminating religion from society, and they seek to do so by purging even the slightest trace of religious imagery from the public square through the guise of protecting church/state separation. These are people who would gladly sue a public school because a teacher dared to tell a sneezing student "God Bless You!"
FFRF once protested a Mother Teresa commemorative postage stamp because they felt it was a government endorsement of Catholicism--you know, rather than of her humanitarian efforts! Never mind, of course, that the post office has honored other religious figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcom X, and Father Flanagan, for their humanitarian efforts, Mother Teresa is clearly different because--well--um--she's a woman!
And American Atheists is the infamous group that filed a lawsuit (and lost) against the 9/11 cross--which was a pair of crossbeams discovered in the form of the cross among the ruins--being displayed in a public WTC memorial, claiming that it would have been an endorsement of Christianity. That is absurd! The cross is clearly an artifact of cultural significance. Arguing that it would be a religious endorsement to display the cross at a public memorial is akin to arguing that displaying The Last Supper in a public art museum is a religious endorsement.
Yes, we need to preserve church/state separation, but it needs to be done with common sense, which is something that these anti-theists clearly lack. And can you blame them? Anyone who believes with militant fervor that, to quote Trey Parker, "there's this big giant universe and it's expanding and it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause...just 'cause'" is clearly lacking common sense. And logic. And reason. And evidence.