ADL Calls On Governor Huckabee To Refrain From Using Holocaust Imagery

New York, NY, October 23, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to refrain from invoking Holocaust imagery, following his recent use of the term "holocaust" to refer to abortion. 

The former Arkansas governor was speaking at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. when he referred to the "…holocaust of liberalized abortion…".

In a letter to Governor Huckabee, ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said: "The Holocaust was a unique tragedy in human history – an attempt by the Nazis to exterminate the Jewish people that led to the deliberate murder of six million Jews.  We find the use of analogies to the Holocaust in other contexts deeply painful, disturbing and offensive.  Such analogies can only trivialize and diminish the horror, and cause further pain to Holocaust survivors and to those alive today who lost friends and loved ones."

A non-partisan organization that neither endorses nor opposes candidates for office, ADL urged Huckabee and all candidates to "resist this trend rather than exacerbating it."

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