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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Alabama candidate denies 'Holocaust industry' figures

From combined dispatches

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- One of the two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for Alabama attorney general is a Holocaust denier who wants to "reawaken white racial awareness."
Larry Darby, the founder of the Atheist Law Center, made an abortive bid for the same job as a Libertarian in 2002, but only recently have his views on race and the Holocaust come to light.
In an interview yesterday with the Associated Press, Mr. Darby said no more than 140,000 Jews died in Europe during World War II and most of them succumbed to typhus.
Historians say about 6 million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis in a deliberate effort to kill every Jew in Europe. Mr. Darby called that figure a false claim of the "Holocaust industry."
Democratic Party leaders are wondering what to do since a recent poll showed Mr. Darby in second place only nine points behind the leader in the June 6 attorney-general primary.
The poll of 400 registered voters, which was conducted by a university professor for Alabama press outlets and has a margin of error of five percentage points, shows Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson ahead with 21 percent of the vote to Mr. Darby's 12 percent, with about two-thirds of respondents undecided.
Mr. Darby said he will speak today near Newark, N.J., at a meeting of National Vanguard, which bills itself as an advocate for the white race. The group's Web site includes a fundraising pitch to its readers from Mr. Darby, in which the candidate notes the poll in which he trails by only nine points.
"Please help me close that gap. I need money to make more personal appearances and buy campaign literature and other materials," Mr. Darby tells National Vanguard's readers. "You can help me make a difference."
In a letter to the Auburn Plainsman posted on the National Vanguard site, Mr. Darby says the "posting of the Decalogue in government buildings telegraphs 'Jewish Supremacism is the law.' ... Every president since Jimmy Carter has signed Congressional Resolutions that establish an innocuous sounding 'Education Day,' which, upon examination, subjugates Gentiles to Jews via Noahide Laws, a feat engineered by Russian Jews of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement."
State Democratic chairman Joe Turnham said the party began an investigation last week after hearing about some of Mr. Darby's comments in a television interview.
"Any type of hatred toward groups of people, especially for political gain, is completely unacceptable in the Alabama Democratic Party," Mr. Turnham said.

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