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If I told you that a group of people were protesting the construction of a Holocaust Memorial in Ohio, you'd probably assume that they were the Ku Klux Klan or Stormfront or any other white supremacist hate group.

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.

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."
You know, its takes a special type of ass:iconfluttershysqueeplz: 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.

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!"

Sounds farfetched?

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.
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Why does America like to capitalize on the holocaust so much? There's so much books, movies, TV shows, wouldn't be surprised if there was a game or two and etc. Why shove this single event down everyone's throat so much?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because it was horrible and inexcusable and should never, ever happen again.
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
So were a lot of other events in history but why does the holocaust get special treatment?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because it was genocide. What other reason is there?
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
How about better awareness for other genocides so the victims can be better remembered.
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Level0Hero Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Like the Armenian genocide? My state of California tried to get a bill passed that would make teaching the Armenian genocide a requirement in world history classes. Not sure if it passed or not. Hopefully it did because it's a disgusting, but important part in history that should be learned.
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Exactly.
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davidsobe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I believe in keeping government at bay and out of our lives and decision-making. I think that courts stepping in and deciding whether a couple of crossbeams can be allowed to meet at the 9/11 site or where and if a Holocaust memorial is permissible is going beyond the limits imposed by the Constitution.  Having said that, I think being too accommodating can be problematic as well.  Allowing for a mosque to be built adjacent to the 9/11 site is offensive.  For that matter, while on the subject of the Holocaust, I think the placing of gigantic crosses by the Catholic Church on the site of the major concentration camps in Europe (so that shadows fall across the camp) is also offensive and even a bit sinister.  I think that maximum happiness and peace and contentment will be had when both government and religion are kept at bay -- their adherents are presumptuous and seem to have no boundaries.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Keep the busybodies at bay and their noses out of their business!
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You know, I looked into this. And guess what? The FFRF actually made a really decent point, aside from religion not being allowed favour on public ground:

The holocaust was not just a slaughter of jews. It was a slaughter of everyone the nazis didn't like. If there's going to be a monument to its victims, then it needs to be not just a star of david- it needs to be a symbol for homosexuals, gypsies, communists, the mentally handicapped- every undesirable Hitler saw fit to exterminate. Not only is it a violation of the separation of church and state, it brushes over a vast group of other victims as well. It was a tragedy for many, not for just one minority.
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