|Ohio billboard put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, |
which now demands the removal of the Star of David
from the Ohio Holocaust museum.
Atheist Jerry Coyne has called in the Freedom From Religion Foundation in his personal crusade against a Christian astronomy professor at Ball State University who teaches a course on the philosophical implications of modern science.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation is a militant anti-religious hate group that specializes in dragging Christians into court in order to silence them.
The FFRF now demands that the State of Ohio remove Stars of David from its planned Holocaust memorial.
The Star of David is a symbol of enormous historical and spiritual salience for Jews. It is supremely relevant to the Holocaust-- a religious symbol cherished by the Jewish people under oppression and a patch that Nazis required Jews to wear.
To ban the Star of David from a Holocaust memorial is to deny a very real part-- in many ways the core-- of the Holocaust.
The term "Holocaust denial" should be used cautiously, but the FFRF's demand that the Star of David be banned from a Holocaust museum is clearly a form of Holocaust denial. A demand that the government remove the Star of David is a demand that an important part of the truth about the Holocaust be concealed. That is genuine Holocaust denial-- not the denial that the Holocaust occurred, of course, but the denial of an essential symbol of the Jewish experience of the Holocaust.
Jerry Coyne is now collaborating with an organization that is actively engaged in Holocaust denial.
No surprise there. It is important for the haters of religion like Coyne to deny the anti-religious factors at work in genocidal anti-Semitism, just as he denies his own barely-disguised hatred of Christians.
Coyne recently compared people who support academic freedom and college courses that examine the philosophy of science from perspectives that include theism with Holocaust deniers:
Yet to deny the academic freedom of professors and students to discuss theistic understandings of science, Coyne enlists actual Holocaust deniers.
Don't you love the irony?