ADL slaps FRC for saying gays would send Christians to death camps

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.

In fact, the Nazis rounded up gays and killed them.

Gays in Nazi Germany were considered a threat to German purity. The Nazis arrested 100,000 men, with 10,000 to 15,000 sent to concentration camps to die.

Gays in Nazi Germany were considered a threat to German purity. The Nazis arrested 100,000 men, with 10,000 to 15,000 sent to concentration camps to die.

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.

Except they’re not.

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.

And FRC keeps asking why they were officially designated a hate group.

(h/t Towleroad)

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38 Responses to “ADL slaps FRC for saying gays would send Christians to death camps”

  1. Butch1 says:

    Plus, it’s a good gig for him. There’s never enough bigots to stop sending in those checks.

  2. Number Six says:

    If he was capable of shame, he wouldn’t be head of the FRC to begin with.

  3. Butch1 says:

    “When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?”

    [Soon, Tony, soon]. . . . (sigh)
    Is he really going to play the victim for dollars just to try and stay relevant? He will stoop to no new low to try and stir up his dim witted homophobic base into sending in more money to keep his organization alive. He should be ashamed.

  4. Monte Logan says:

    to be safe though, I’d rather him not win at all. If he’s affiliated with the Tea Party, then he needs to be kept out of office. I wouldn’t even wait to find out his position on a specific issue.

  5. future_man says:

    Where should the dutiful members of the Family Research Council go? Putting them on a train is too ghoulish, too retro…and too easy. Re-education is too difficult…and complex…even if they were willing participants.

    No, I’d rather see them take a trip to a shelter for homeless youth who were tossed out by Fundy parents….there are many such places now in American cities….run by near saints who open their hearts and homes and even spend their own hard earned money to provide safety, shelter, food and a chance at a life.

    I don’t want them to meet the youth…I want them to meet the people who save the kids from drugs, prostitution, disease and death on the streets…the ones whose hearts break when they don’t have room for more….no one has to say anything…just a half hour together in silence will do. After all…what is there to say really?

  6. Butch1 says:

    Perhaps, though there can be a difference; some are just better at it and don’t try and hurt us with their religion. This kind is how I differentiate the bad ones from the other. ;-)

  7. Number Six says:

    Writing “charlatan carnival barker” & “christian” is redundant again.


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  9. Butch1 says:

    He had to sneak in “health care” insurance and say that “da gays” were given it just to infuriate the dim-witted hate filled base who listens to his nonsense. For pretending to be an upstanding “christian” person, the man sure does have to lie a lot to try and stay relevant. Perhaps this is how this charlatan carnival barker has to stay in business keeping those dollars coming into his coffers. Scare the ignorant out of their cash with the boogeymen are going to come and get you.

  10. sJames6621 says:

    Peter spriggs his usual spokesperson has similar ideas – the reference
    is what happened to gays in germany between 1938 and 1945 –

  11. sJames6621 says:

    Tony is just a Kluxer for whom gays are the new (n-word)

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  13. Silver_Witch says:

    That is why I am always hopeful that their God will come and take the all to that place they all believe in….it will be a nicer planet when they are gone.

  14. Houndentenor says:

    I think it’s better to wait until there are some actual statements. Already I’m hearing “you’re attacking him when he hasn’t even commented on gay issues” from the usual suspects. We can wait. There will most likely be something by the start of next week.

  15. BeccaM says:

    There isn’t anything specific from Brat on gay rights — but he’s been using the same Bible quoting language, including advocating a conservative Calvinist-style Christian theocracy in America or else ‘Hitler.’

  16. Bose says:

    Good for the ADL.

    Have they heard of Scott Lively yet?

  17. VegasDave58 says:

    I watched Perkins on TDS last week claiming the Old Testament was trumped by the New Testament as a reason for not stoning women who were not virgins on their wedding night or enslaving your neighbor. Funny how his supporters ALWAYS turn to Leviticus 20:13 [‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.] whenever the subject of LGBT rights comes up.

    We’re back to the whole treating the Bible like a menu board at McDonald’s thing again. “I believe in the Big Mac, but not the Quarter Pounder.” Stewart called him out on the “literal word of God” bullshit.” All of the comments about “Projection” hit the nail on the head. But I also cannot help thinking about George Orwell’s “1984” and his take on “Doublespeak.” Black is white, good is bad, etc.

  18. Houndentenor says:

    It’s always odd to me that people who can’t get along with anyone can’t see that they are the common denominator in all of those situations. It’s so much less effort to make friends than to make enemies. And it makes for a much more pleasant work environment or neighborhood. The entire GOP reminds me of people like that. They hate on so many groups you have to wonder if it will ever occur to them that all the people they hate are not so bad and the problem is themselves.

  19. Houndentenor says:

    I actually know leftists. They think I’m a conservative. (Conservatives all think I’m a leftist.) And there you have the nonsense of the current political climate in a nutshell. (There are a lot more right wing extremists than actual leftists these days, btw.)

  20. Houndentenor says:

    I googled Brat and couldn’t find anything specific on gay rights. Did you find something I didn’t? (I’m not assuming any position until someone asks him a direct question or we find some statement or writing as evidence of what he actually thinks.)

  21. Houndentenor says:

    I would never send my bigoted Fundamentalist neighbors and relatives to death camps. I can’t say with any certainty that they would say the same about me. And that’s really the issue. These Christianists are projecting onto us what they wish they could do but can’t. It tells us so much about them to read their paranoid fantasies.

  22. rmthunter says:

    I find it infinitely revealing that they try to liken us to Nazis while lumping us in with “leftists” — it would seem to me that the more fitting analogy would be Stalin, but I suspect that Hitler has a certain appeal for them that they don’t want to admit publicly.

    Projection is the least of it

  23. BeccaM says:

    Yeah… and yet a casual perusal of well-sourced stories shows Tea Baggers and radical wingnut Republicans openly saying that gay people should be executed.

    Not just shunned. Or involuntarily committed to mental institutions. Literally — there are not mainline GOP candidates in several states who say gay people should be stoned to death.

    It’s projection, John. They call us Nazis. It’s because they want the Nazi “solution” to the gay problem.

  24. ckg1 says:

    Which is right around the 7th of NEVER.

  25. The_Fixer says:

    “We suggest all Onionhead products and manuals”.

    Well, that pretty much gives away the game then, doesn’t it?

  26. 4th Turning says:

    Meanwhile, echoes of Stonewall.

    Apparently not content with denying a group of citizens their right to assemble, the police then decided to kettle them for good measure, surrounding them on 13th Street, preventing them from leaving, all the while ordering them to disperse. Finally, the plaintiffs were arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, thrown into police wagons, and held at the precinct for five hours before being released with desk appearance tickets.

  27. Silver_Witch says:

    We call this projection. Lots of people say things that actually reflect what they feel inside. For example, I have a co-worker that calls people names, hates everyone and thinks everyone, save her, are incompetent – interestingly she voices this everyone. To Bob she says Sue is a jerk, to Sue she says Bob is a jerk, I assume when she says these things to me, she is turning around and saying I am a jerk to someone else.

    What is interesting is it is she who is the JERK….regularly and often. She is quasi-competent (when she is not busy complaining). So I refuse to listen to her complaints about others or join in here “reindeer games”.

    So it is Perkins and his ilk that want to ship everyone else off in boxcars and who would love to be the Rulers in charge of who gets on said boxcars.

    Those who suffer from this perspective never change.

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  29. emjayay says:

    More like ridiculous and absurd.

  30. mike31c says:

    Yeah, I don’t see what the problem is. Send Tony and his lemmings into a secure location where they won’t hurt themselves or others.

  31. RNegron says:

    Boxcars will only be for those who refuse to be FABULOUS!

  32. kevinbenett says:

    Perkins ignorance know’s no bounds, but he’s really just a hustler, he’s only in this fight for the money, it’s how he makes his living, stealing money from ignorant religious kooks and telling them he will stop what he know’s is inevitable.

  33. caphillprof says:

    About the time we do something about gun murders in schools

  34. angryspittle says:

    Jesus. When are we going to wake up as a nation to the insanity of these bugfuck crazy bastards?

  35. Indigo says:

    That’s really creepy.

  36. Indigo says:

    He needs a leisure suit. A nice, powder blue, polyester leisure suit to go with his archaic babbling.

  37. Elijah Shalis says:

    Yeah you know those gays, always persecuting different groups. Always trying to make them have better fashion sense and such. One thing will lead to another and soon enough it will be box cars for everyone. lol These people are nuts.

  38. nicho says:

    As usual, the right wing Christian nutballs are accusing other people of doing what they really want to do.

    Meanwhile, here’s a gem:

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal agency says a New York healthcare firm forced employees to join prayer circles, thank God for having jobs and say ‘‘I love you’’ to co-workers and managers.

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