What’s the connection between (possible) Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry and a conspiracy theory about Hitler’s use of gay Nazis? Ladies and gentlemen, the American Family Association.
Background: Gov. Perry is holding a day of prayer and fasting on Aug. 6 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. He invited 49 other governors to join him at the decidedly Christian event which is being hosted by the American Family Association — a nonprofit that actively spews hateful and disturbing speech against homosexuals. Among other frighteningly false homophobic claims, the AMA’s Director of Issues Analysis, Bryan Fischer, has proclaimed that Hitler had himself a gay Nazi army because they were the only people who were devoid enough of morals to carry out Hitler’s plan. Here’s what he said:
So Hitler himself was an active homosexual. And some people wonder, didn’t the Germans, didn’t the Nazis, persecute homosexuals? And it is true they did; they persecuted effeminate homosexuals. But Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Browshirts, were male homosexuals.
Where do people come up with these ideas, and more importantly, why is Gov. Rick Perry associating with the AMA?
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P.S. Doesn’t anyone notice that several of the possible GOP presidential candidates look exactly the same? Santorum, Pawlenty, Romney, and now Perry? Yeah, I’m going to have a hard time keep track.