The Anti-Defamation League slammed Wednesday a movie that compares the murder of Jews in the Holocaust to women having abortions in the United States.
The film, "180", shows images of dead bodies piled in concentration camps and Jews being shot in mass graves. It cuts from these images to young people being interviewed about their opinions on the Holocaust and abortion. The narrator, Ray Comfort – who says he is Jewish – tries to convince these interviewees that there is moral equivalence between murdering 11 million people in the Holocaust and conducting abortions.
Comfort asks the young people whether they would force innocent Jews into mass graves and bury them alive if it would save their own lives, and then asks them questions about abortion. Comfort challenges those interviewees who answer "No" to the first question and "Yes" to the second, saying they would not kill innocent Jews, but are willing to kill innocent babies.
ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman harshly criticized the film.
"This film is a perverse attempt to make a case against abortion in America through the cynical abuse of the memory of those killed in the Holocaust," he said. "It is, quite frankly, one of the most offensive and outrageous abuses of the memory of the Holocaust we have seen in years."
Anti-abortion group Personhood U.S.A. claims it e-mailed the video to 600,000 Mississippi voters in an attempt to convince them to support pro-life amendments in state-legislature.
The film was created as part of a campaign led by "Living Waters", which aims to change peoples' minds about abortion, and have them accept Jesus as their savior.
Foxman expressed fury at the comparisons drawn in the video, and at the conduct of the filmmakers. "Not only does the film try to assert a moral equivalency between the Holocaust and abortion, but it also brings Jews and Jewish history into the discussion and then calls on its viewers to repent and accept Jesus as their savior," he said.
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