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Anti-Jewish vs. Anti-Gay Speech: Comparison, Analysis

By April 9, 2004

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It has been claimed that the Christian Right's battle against gays, demonizing them at every turn, is eerily similar to the Nazi efforts to demonize Jews before World War II. Are such comparisons justified or is that just an attempt to demonize the Christian Right?

HateCrime.org compares the two with a plethora of quotes, a couple of which I include here.

They control everything:

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"
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 are richer and better educated:

Jews have better jobs, more money
"Fifty-two out of every 100 doctors were Jews. Of every 100 merchants, 60 were Jews. The average wealth of Germans was 810 marks; the average wealth of Jews 10,000 marks." - Nazi propaganda film, "The Eternal Jew"
Gays have better jobs, more money
"Homosexuals are among the most economically advantaged people in our country. Research by marketing firms shows that as a group homosexuals have higher than average per-capita annual incomes ($36,800 vs. $12,287), are more likely to hold college degrees (59.6 percent vs. 18 percent), have professional or managerial positions (49 percent vs. 15.9 percent..." - Robert Knight, Family Research Council, testifying before the US Senate Labor Committee, July 29, 1994.
Gays have more money & education, live in luxury
"You find survey after survey showing gays are far better off than the general population in terms of college degrees, discretionary income, frequent flyer miles - Virtually every indicator of luxury." - Robert Knight, Family Research Council, testifying before the US Senate Labor Committee, opposing legislation to protect gay Americans from job discrimination, July 29, 1994.

They threaten Christians:

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"
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." - THE ASSAULT ON CHRISTIANS BY THE MILITANT HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT, by Steven A. Schwalm, Family Research Council.
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" - America Family Association ACTION ALERT via email, 10/16/98
Gays want to give churchgoers AIDS
"[Homosexuals]want to come into churches and disrupt church services and throw blood all around and try to give people AIDS and spit in the face of ministers." Pat Robertson, 700 Club, 1/18/95 - People for the American Way Web site

There are many, many, many more examples than what I have cited here - even within the categories I have included. It's actually rather disturbing to have these two kinds of hatred set side-by-side because it goes a long way towards demonstrating that the Nazi antisemitism isn't that far off from the homophobia of America's Christian Right. Considering the fact that there are members of the Christian Right who have advocating rounding up gays and imposing the death penalty for homosexuality, there is reason to think the fate of gays in a Christian Right's America could be very similar to that of Jews in Nazi Germany.

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October 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm
(1) Bigot Biter says:

sorry I thought these were your opinions

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