Moral relativism run amok

Manhattan College used to be a Catholic men's college—well, it's still nominally Catholic, but co-ed—and my alma mater, a Catholic women's college—well, it's still nominally Catholic, but co-ed—was Manhattan's "sister school."  There was a cooperative program, which meant that students on both campuses could take courses on either campus. It was all very nice.  That was then, this is now (via Weasel Zippers):

Manhattan College Holocaust Center Hires Muslim Woman Who Compared Nazi-Era Jews to Post-9/11 Muslims to Promote “Interfaith Outreach”

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), a child of Holocaust survivors and the Assembly representative of the largest contingent of Holocaust survivors, is leading the charge to have the word Holocaust removed from the name of the Holocaust Resource Center of Manhattan College.

Located in Riverdale [in the northwest Bronx--tvm], the stated mission of Manhattan College’s Holocaust Resource Center is “to educate people about the Holocaust and its significance for the present.”

Yet, in a recent announcement, Manhattan College indicated that it is “broadening its focus and will actively seek to foster understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims through interfaith dialogue related to its educational mission.”...

[...] “The Holocaust is a uniquely Jewish event,” Hikind wrote in a letter to Manhattan College President Dr. Brennan O’Donnell....

[...] In the letter, Hikind also referenced an offensive and erroneous comment made by Dr. Afridi. In published remarks in an August 11, 2008 Khaleej Times article, Dr. Afridi states that, “Jews can help Muslims navigate in a post-9/11 world by sharing with them the difficulties that they too faced in Europe and the United States...”

“It is inconceivable to me how Dr. Afridi can even begin to equate what the Jews of Europe suffered under Nazi rule with what she perceives Muslims in present-day America are enduring,” Hikind said in response to Afridi’s remark.

“To my knowledge, I am not aware of any Muslims being rounded up and sent to gas chambers. Dr. Afridi is the wrong individual to head this or any Holocaust resource center.”

What a disgrace.  All I can say is that I pray Manhattan College donors find some other more deserving outlet for their charitable giving.

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The Holocaust was an act of genocide and while not unique (the extermination of whole peoples by Stalin, the extermination of Armenians and the internal Cambodian exterminations of Pol Pot are other examples), lowering its status by analogizing it to more mundane issues is to trivialize what cannot be trivialized. Denying the Holocaust is obscene. There are still living survivors, there is film footage, and the observations of countless American soldiers, including Eisenhower. To deny it is to deny reality. To deny it is to legitimatize not only those who did it but those who stood by and did nothing while it happened. It must not happen again and it will if we forget.