On January 18, 2018, while I was scrolling through different articles on their website, the Anti-Defamation League had a huge issue with politician Roger Severino utilizing a Holocaust anecdote to promote the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. The issue here is the fact that this division is basically an excuse for employers and other companies to deny healthcare services to people who they believe do not deserve it. A prime example of someone who could be affected are transexual people or anyone who do not identify as heterosexual; the healthcare agency could easily deny them services based on a religious or moral ground. Using the Holocaust in this light seems to be almost ironic in the sense that they are using it as a means to discriminate against people which is exactly what the Nazi’s did. Hitler even claimed that the reason he wanted to exterminate the Jews was on moral and religious grounds, how dare they try to flip this around as a means to allow religious discrimination.
Although this is not an example of an area of pop culture where the Holocaust is referenced it still raises an issue of how it is being used in America today. This is an example of a current politician using it specifically as a means to okay discriminatory practices among healthcare providers. That is just insane to me. The Holocaust is something that should steer us away from discrimination and lead us to a place of inclusivity not the opposite. There is really no excuse for a politician to use the Holocaust as a means to better the name of their Department.
First found on 1/22/18 through the Anti-Defamation League website when scrolling through different issues on their page.