The head of the officially-designated hate group “Family Research Council,” Tony Perkins, suggested on his radio show last week that gays, and/or gay-friendly government officials, would soon be sending Christians off to Nazi death camps “in boxcars.”
RightWingWatch reports that Perkins was upset that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission upheld a judge’s finding that a bakery unlawfully discriminated against gay customers. So Perkins then said:
“I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next? When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?”
Yes, that’s exactly how the Nazis did it. First they gave everyone health insurance, then they gave them civil rights.
Perkins and his organization have a long history of saying shocking, and inaccurate, things about gay and trans people. Sadly, the Republican party is still closely tied to FRC, and journalists in Washington treat Perkins and his organization with kid gloves, as if FRC is just like every other group in Washington.
The Anti-Defamation League, which doesn’t take lightly to frivolous Holocaust comparisons, stepped in today. Here’s the ADL’s national director Abe Foxman:
Tony Perkins’ invocation of the Holocaust in his statement referring to a judge’s finding that a baker unlawfully discriminated against gay customers is offensive and inappropriate.
There is no comparison between contemporary American political issues and the actions of Hitler’s regime during the Holocaust. Such inappropriate analogies only serve to trivialize the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to Jews and other survivors, as well as those Americans who fought valiantly against the Nazis in World War II.
We urge Perkins to apologize and to refrain from using Holocaust imagery to make his point.