Baptist official apologizes for comparing health care overhaul with Nazism





ATLANTA – A key Southern Baptist official has apologized for comparing proposals to overhaul the nation's health care system with Nazism.

Richard Land is president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports he also apologized for bestowing a "Josef Mengele Award" on President Barack Obama's chief health care adviser.

Mengele was a Nazi doctor who conducted cruel experiments at the Auschwitz death camp during the Holocaust.

Land said in a letter dated Wednesday that he did not intend to "actually equate anyone in the Obama administration with Dr. Mengele."

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