Whitewashing the Heart of the Holocaust

The first Holocaust memorial planned for the grounds of any U.S. state capitol was approved Thursday by the Ohio State Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. Privately funded, it was designed by artist Daniel Libeskind, the son of Holocaust survivors, and features an account from an Auschwitz survivor embossed on it, and a stone wall with an engraving honoring the death camp liberators: "If you save one life, it is as if you saved the world." It also includes a broken Star of David, and therein lies a controversy. Board Chairman Richard Finan, who was concerned that the religious symbol blurred the line of separation between church and state, voted against the memorial. He said he would have been fine with "a reasonable memorial, something smaller" on the grounds. "But this is just too much to the Jewish religion," Finan said. Perhaps Mr. Finan needs to be reminded that the Holocaust itself was "too much to the Jewish religion." The Freedom from Religion Foundation also objected...(Read Full Post)