The Anti Defamation League (ADL) denounced the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) yesterday for a bizarre and offensive newsletter article comparing environmentalists to Nazis (“Hitler s Nazi party: They were eco extremists“), demanding an immediate apology:
“This article showed a deplorable lack of judgment on the part of the Building Industry Association of Washington,” said Ellen Bovarnick, ADL Pacific Northwest Regional Director. “Any attempt to compare the policies Hitler and the Nazis, which led to World War II and ultimately the death of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust, to the actions of environmentalists is inappropriate and offensive and has no place in a debate over environmental regulation.”
ADL calls on the organization to repudiate the article and to apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the comparison, especially Holocaust survivors and their families.
“While the industry may have concerns about regulation, it is outrageous and false to compare environmentalists and government regulators to Nazis,” said Ms. Bovarnick. “Such comparisons only serve to trivialize the history of the Holocaust.”
Ironically, at the very same time the ADL was drafting its sternly worded press release, Republican Grand Old Party Party candidate for governor, Dino Rossi was a featured speaker at the BIAW’s annual membership meeting at Skamania Lodge, where he was introduced by BIAW president Brad Spears as a “candidate who believes as BIAW believes.”[audio:http://horsesass.org/wp-content/uploads/rossi_biaw.mp3]
Um… the BIAW believes a lot of things Dino, some more offensive than others. So if you don’t believe as they do, that DOE’s stormwater regulations are the moral equivalent of the Holocaust, isn’t it time you set the record straight and denounce your patrons at the BIAW (an organization that has made your election their top priority in 2008) for their violent, offensive and over-the-top rhetoric?
I’m just askin’.