October 25, 2007

Huckabee and the Holocaust

Filed under: Commentary,News,Opinion — idealistferret @ 9:09 pm

A few days ago, the Anti-Defamation League expressed displeasure with former Arkansas’ governor Mike Huckabee’s use of the term “holocaust” in conjunction with abortions in the United States. While I agree with the League that using “holocaust” in conjunction with anything other than the Holocaust is insensitive and should be discouraged, this issue is larger than one speech by a conservative Presidential candidate.

Huckabee is not the first to equate abortion and genocide. In fact, among Southern Baptists, Huckabee’s denomination, this rhetorical device has been employed for as long as I can remember. Although they may not be able to give a reason other than an appeal to the book of Psalms as to why abortion is wrong, they feel that it is murder on a large scale. The fact that Huckabee is parroting this phrase to a group that sympathizes with it is no surprise. I’m sure that any who truly believe that abortion is murder feel that it compares with genocide, but I know that there are also those who use inflamatory terms like this to capitalize on the knee-jerk reactions that will follow.

Huckabee most likely feels that we as a nation are allowing mass murder on a daily basis. I honestly hope that he will find a way to balance his emotions about this issue with the need to keep from trivializing the most evil act in recent (if not all of human) history.


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    Mike Huckabee wants you to keep your rapist’s baby. No matter what you want.

    Comment by greyhawk — October 26, 2007 @ 3:42 am

  2. I’m not saying that I agree with him on abortion, but I do feel that he is being singled out for the faux pas of an entire denomination.

    Comment by idealistferret — October 26, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

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