Atheists Fight Ohio Holocaust Memorial
Group says Star of David has no place on state grounds
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2013 10:22 AM CDT
An artists rendering rests on the proposed site where a Holocaust memorial will be built on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Ann Sanner)

(Newser) – An atheist group is up in arms over a Holocaust memorial set to be erected near the Ohio statehouse, calling the monument's design "exclusionary." That design is the work of architect Daniel Libeskind, who Salon identifies as a "big deal": He's the son of Holocaust survivors and redesigned Ground Zero. The Ohio memorial features walkways leading to two panels that form a Star of David—and that, considering the planned location, is a big no-no, according to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

"The Star of David is a religious symbol and a secular government is not supposed to be promoting religion, especially when there are other perfectly secular alternatives," the FFRF's co-president says, adding the memorial itself is not the issue. "We would probably give money to it if it were not on state grounds," he says. But Gov. John Kasich, who Fox News reports proposed the idea of a memorial, argues it's actually inclusive, as it's dedicated to all those killed by the Nazis, including Ohio soldiers, homosexuals, and political dissidents; a rep for Jewish Communities says the location is a well-chosen one, as the memorial will remind lawmakers "of the important role and responsibility they have in speaking out in the face of hatred, anti-Semetism, and genocide." FFRF says it does not plan to file suit.

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Murahu
Jul 28, 2013 5:19 PM CDT
The real question is not the symbol on the monument, but WHY there should be a holocaust memorial in Ohio? Did the citizens of Ohio kill those millions? Why not have a monument to honor the millions of Ukrainians killed so Stalin and the Communists could collectivize agriculture and kill the Kulaks? Or another to the victims of Communists who killed up to one fourth of the people of Cambodia? Or the Communists who under Chairman Mao initiated policies that killed tens of millions of Chinese? None of these have anything to do directly with the citizens of the US and there should be no Holocaust monuments or museums on public property in the US.
sqhunter
Jul 27, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
6,000,000 Jews and Christians murdered by Hitler and you want to forget? The majority of Americans believe in God so that should put atheists and other minorities on the the road side holding signs and protesting-that's their right but the majority wins-build the Holocausts memorial and remember the victims of past wars-maybe our future generation will remember this and not do something stupid like mass murder innocent people
arthurfour
Jul 27, 2013 1:14 PM CDT
Hitler was baptized roman catholic and he never renounced it, in fact he used god and the almighty in his book many times.