As noted by Bob Felton at >Civil Commotion, January 27, 2011, was the 65th anniversary of the day that Allied forces liberated Auschwitz and discovered the full extent of the horrors of the "Final Solution." The hatred and malicious denigration of others can lead to shocking horrors, yet conservative Christians in the USA and their minions and hangers overseas (such as in Uganda) have apparently learned nothing from the nightmare of the Nazi regime and its deadly propaganda campaign against Jews. We hear much about supposedly "protecting marriage" from the Christian right, but their true agenda is denigrating LGBT citizens and keeping us a hated class of individuals.
Indeed, as the now defunct HateCrimes.org website once set out in detail (some of the details are still available here), the Christian right continues to use an anti-gay propaganda campaign eerily similar to those used by the Nazis against the Jews more than seven decades ago.
Warning: the photo after the jump is disturbing and graphic in its horror.
Here are a few comparisons from an American Family Association "ACTION ALERT" email, sent 10/16/98:
THEY CONTROL EVERYTHING:
NAZIS AND JEWS: Jews 1% of population: control politics, world opinion, NYC, & have lots of money "At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Jews sit at the junction of the world financial markets. They are an international power. Although only one per cent of the world's population, with the help of their capital, they terrorize the world stock exchanges, world opinion, and world politics. New York is today the center of Jewish power."
Nazi propaganda film, The Eternal Jew
CHRISTIAN RIGHT AND GAYS: Gays 1% of population: control politics, have lots of money "Homosexuals display political control far beyond their numbers. A tiny fraction of the population (about 1 percent), homosexuals have one of the largest and fastest growing Political Action Committees in the country (The Human Rights Campaign) and give millions of dollars to candidates".
Robert Knight, Family Research Council, testifying before the US Senate Labor Committee hearings on S.2238, July 29, 1994.
THEY THREATEN CHRISTIANS:
NAZIS AND JEWS: Jews consider Christians 'heathens', want destroy them "What does the ancient Talmud law teach? Let us hear some quotes....[now supposedly quoting the Talmud] Praise to the Lord who has set apart the holy Israelites from other people. The heathen, who do not keep the law, will be destroyed."
Nazi propaganda film, The Eternal Jew
CHRISTIAN RIGHT AND GAYS: Gays don't love God, hate religion. "[Homosexuality] is the opposite of love for God. It is a rebellion against God and God's natural order, and embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion."
Gays want to silence Christians, blame them "the real motivation behind such hate crime laws is to silence Christians. Gays will now feel free to blame any crime against a homosexual on Christians."
The Assault on Christians by the Militant Homosexual Movement, Steven A. Schwalm, Family Research Council
It is shocking that the same tactics used by the Nazi regime continue to this day. Worse yet, they are used by those who claim to be followers of Christ. Adding to the deadly mix is the willingness of far too many Republicans scapegoat the gays for a political advantage. These members of the GOP are little better than opportunistic Germans who happily joined the Nazis anti-Jew campaign for their own self-advancement.
There seems to be no end in sight. As John Aravosis lays out at AmericaBlog, the GOP - much like the Nazis of decades ago - are going to ride the anti-gay hatred train as far as they can, up through the 2012 presidential campaign. Here are a few highlights from John's post:
Opponents of same-sex marriage have created a three-pronged effort that insures the issue will be a key topic in the Presidential election. There are efforts underway by Republicans legislators in Iowa, the first caucus state, and New Hampshire, the first primary state, to end their existing marriage laws. In Iowa, the GOP-controlled House has begun the process of passing a bill to put a ban on the ballot. In New Hampshire, both the House and Senate are now GOP-led and they could try to repeal the law later this year or in 2012. In Congress, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) indicated that he's going to push legislation to block DC's marriage law.
It's like an anti-marriage perfect storm. These efforts guarantee that the GOP presidential candidates who are traipsing through Iowa and New Hampshire will try to burnish their right-wing cred by engaging in the usual gay-bashing. And, the effort by GOPers in Congress adds fuel to the fire. We've already seen potential Republican candidates, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum, groveling before the haters. We can expect a lot more of that. And, just wait til the debates start. The GOP candidates will be doing contortions to show their base just how much they hate the gays.
It is a sad and frightening state of affairs, especially for those of us living in red states. How much misery must be inflicted on LGBT individuals before the haters are satisfied?