Fri., October 16, 2009 6:14pm (EDT)

Southern Baptist Official Apologizes For Nazi Remarks
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The president's healthcare advisor Ezekiel Emanuel was given the "Josef Mengele Award" by a Southern Baptist official.  (photo courtesy Center for American Progress)
The president's healthcare advisor Ezekiel Emanuel was given the "Josef Mengele Award" by a Southern Baptist official. (photo courtesy Center for American Progress)
A Southern Baptist official is apologizing for comparing healthcare reform proposals to Nazism.

Head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Richard Land also apologized for giving the "Josef Mengele Award" to President Obama’s chief health care advisor.

Land said in a letter Wednesday he didn’t mean to actually equate anyone in the Obama administration to the nazi officer and doctor.

The Anti-Defamation League had criticized Land's remarks, calling them "inappropriate, insensitive and unjustified."