TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - At a media availability this afternoon,
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath refused to condemn the comments of her
candidate Anthony Marco (Niagara West-Glanbrook). She suggested his
comments calling those who fight Naziism "messed up" were taken out of
Below is the context. While discussing book burning, Marco alludes to
Hitler's Mein Kampf, defends those who want to read it, and goes on to
call the politics of Nazi Germany a "religion" that cannot be
condemned. And further, those who try to are "pretty messed up."
"Don't tell me that there's a separation of church and state right now,
because when people talk about the religious right, there's two words
that just married church and state pretty f***in' quick didn't they?
And if you're going to talk about a book burning, may I suggest that
over the next little while, if you're going to burn books, and for the
most part I would never advocate burning books, because you know books
are, when I read a book, even as bad as the book is, I'm that type of
person that doesn't throw books away, I've got books all over the
place. Maybe someday I should throw books away, but I don't throw them
away. But there are a couple of ones that I would suggest burning.
And you know what, it's not even from an ideological perspective, like
'oh well, burn stuff by Adolf Hitler," no. Whatever. If you want to
read that stuff, read that stuff. For some people the old politics of
Nazi Germany might be their religion. And just as I can't condemn
other people's religion, I can't, I don't agree with them, but you
can't stop somebody from believing in something. And to bash your head
against the wall trying, it's not their fault, it's your fault. You're
the one who is pretty messed up if you're going to devote your entire
life to trying to convince somebody not to believe what they believe.
So if you're going to be burning books over the next little while, I
suggest not burning books for a while."
Which part of Marco's comments does the NDP claim is misrepresented?
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