The regional director of the Anti-Defamation League has criticized Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden for his comments in the debate over school vouchers.
McFadden, who supports taxpayer-funded vouchers that would help parents pay for tuition at Catholic schools, told abc27 News last week that he worries about a monopolistic public school system.
"In a totalitarian government, they would love our system," McFadden said last week. "This is
what Hitler and Mussolini and all those tried to establish, a monolith, so all the children would be educated in one set of beliefs and one way
of doing things."
ADL Regional Director Barry Morrison issued a statement Wednesday in which he said McFadden's words were "careless" and represented "a trivialization of the Holocaust."
"We respect the Bishop and his position in the Church," Morrison wrote. "We appreciate his commitment the education of children and the viability of Catholic schools. However, he should not be making his point at the expense of the memory of six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust."
"The Holocaust was a unique experience," he continued. "It does not lend itself to inappropriate analogies. We have an obligation to protect the memory of those who suffered because of it from those who would distort it and undermine and trivialize the history of the Holocaust, however inadvertently. Our role should be to honor those who fought to defeat the murderous Nazis, and not to inappropriately draw reckless comparisons."
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