Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association told listeners of his radio show on Thursday that the Nazi Party in Germany was formed in a Munich gay bar by “homosexual thugs.”
Fischer hosts a radio show popular with Republican presidential candidates such as Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, who have all appeared on the program in recent months. Meanwhile, Fischer’s comments about gays, Muslims and Nazis have drawn fire from watchdog groups who have called the AFA a hate group.
Last year on his radio show, Fischer said that Hitler utilized gay soldiers because “he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders.”
And appearing on Minnesota minister Bradlee Dean’s radio show in February, Fischer said, “You can really say the Nazi Party would not have been possible without the homosexuals in the Brownshirts.”
But on Thursday, Fischer said that he never claimed that gays were responsible for the Holocaust, just that they were responsible for the Nazi Party and all of its activities.
They say that I make the contention that gays caused the Holocaust. This is wrong. I have been very clear in my writings and everything I’ve said that the Nazi Party is responsible for the Holocaust.
But how did the Nazi Party come into being? The Nazi Party, ladies and gentlemen, was formed in a gay bar in Munich. And historians agree that Hitler’s earliest enforcers – the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts – were almost, without exception, homosexuals. So it was homosexual thugs that helped Hitler to form the Nazi Party.
In other words: no homosexual thugs, no homosexual Brownshirts, no homosexual Stormtroopers; NO NAZI PARTY!
The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed the American Family Association as an anti-gay hate group in part because of Fischer’s statements and called him “arguably America’s champion of publicly peddled hate.”
AFA is teaming up with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in co-hosting an event titled “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis,” to be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston. An increasing number of religious and LGBT-advocacy groups have condemned the event for religious exclusivity and potential violations of church-state separation, in addition to the involvement of AFA, as the Texas Independent reports.