During a floor debate Tuesday night on a state House bill endorsing stem cell research, several Republican opponents compared such research to the Holocaust, including Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City):
Life sciences, biotech research – it sounds warm, sounds progressive. The potential is there, we hope, we’re betting on it…. But the cold look of history really does require sobriety. Sixty years ago in Nazi Germany, it was state policy in order to perfect humanity it would be required to destroy humanity. And the medical experiments at Auschwitz were carried out for that explicit purpose. We all say no, that’s not us, that would never happen, that’s not why we’re doing this.
Um… yeah, Glenn. Guess there aren’t too many Jews in Fall City.
Anderson refused to apologize, so today state House Minority Leader Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) apologized for him:
“The references made to the Holocaust were regarded by some, understandably, as insensitive and inappropriate,” Chandler, R-Granger, said on the House floor.
Chandler said he’d spoken with Jewish community leaders about the stem-cell debate. “I offer my apologies to them and to people who have committed their lives to using science to improve humanity.”
FYI, the bill passed 59-36.