A Kansas senator competing for Congress is on guard at a Republican party meeting in Leavenworth.
"Outside of Western civilization, there is only barbarism," said Steve Fitzgerald, one of seven GOP candidates to compete in the 2nd electoral district of Congress
Fitzgerald's comments were first reported on Saturday by CNN. A "Democratic Activist" sounded from a 30-minute speech given by Fitzgerald on 2 July.
"I'm pretty plainpoken," Fitzgerald told The Star Saturday. "I think history speaks for itself."
He criticized CNN for citing him out of context, but did not dispute the accuracy of the comments.
"Our Judeo-Christian ethic is what civilization is," Fitzgerald told the meeting. It's attacked here and abroad, it also has a different name, Christianity, it's attacked, and if you talk about it, you can attack it, it's attacked me. "
Fitzgerald is in a race to contest the Republican nomination to US Rep. To replace Lynn Jenkins, who is retiring. The first is the 7th of August.
Fitzgerald's current district as state senator covers parts of the Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.
At the meeting, he also doubled earlier remarks he made on comparing abortion with the Holocaust.
In response, a group of rabbis with the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City demanded that it stop comparing the slaughter of millions of Nazis to abortion.
"We demand that you immediately stop these offensive and divisive comparisons with the Holocaust for political purposes and find another language to discuss abortion out of respect for the millions of victims of the Nazi Holocaust," the group wrote.
The Kansas Republican Party made the same request, CNN reported.
On Saturday, Fitzgerald said that Nazi Germany, a Western society, was a "departure" from the norms of Western civilization.
Last year an anonymous person submitted a donation to Planned Parenthood in Fitzgerald's name. Fitzgerald lashed out and said he thought it was just as bad or worse than being linked to the Dachau concentration camp.
Asked about his analogy, Fitzgerald first doubted that he equated abortion with the Holocaust
"If we treat human life as if it had no value, we'll go same way as then, "he said.
At the meeting on July 2, he seemed to argue that the planned parenting triggered worse atrocities than the Nazis.
"It was a firestorm, I got calls from everywhere." How dare you? How could you? do you compare it to Dachau? "he said." I said, you're right. Dachau really was not one of the bigger killing camps, and the numbers of these guys are way beyond anything they've done. "
Several of Fitzgerald's primary opponents could not be reached or declined to comment on Saturday, and the Republican Republican Republican Republican in November, Democrat Paul Davis, could not be reached for comment.