Atheist group fights Holocaust memorial
A proposed new Holocaust memorial in Ohio has found itself in the midst of surprising opposition – because its critics object to its inclusion of Jewish imagery.
The Columbus monument was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the Poland-born son of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Libeskind, in addition to having a deeply personal connection with the project, is also a big deal. He's designed museums and towers around the world. He's the guy they picked to redesign Ground Zero. His new memorial's design features two walkways that lead toward a pair of panels that form a cutout Star of David. And, as the Freedom From Religion Foundation's co-president Dan Barker says, that's a problem. "Since the Star of David is a religious symbol and a secular government is not supposed to be promoting religion," he says, "especially when there are other perfectly secular alternatives, we're objecting to that religious symbol."