Gohmert Goes Full Godwin

Add Rep. Louis Gohmert to the long list of right-wing anti-gay bigots who think that they’re just like the Jews and gay rights activists are just like the Nazis. In a speech on the House floor last Friday, he offered this staggering bit of stupid.

So it is amazing that in the name of liberality, in the name of being tolerant, this fascist intolerance has arisen. People that stand up and say, you know, I agree with the majority of Americans, I agree with Moses and Jesus that marriage was a man and a woman, now all of a sudden, people like me are considered haters, hate mongers, evil, which really is exactly what we’ve seen throughout our history as going back to the days of the Nazi takeover in Europe. What did they do? First, they would call people “haters” and “evil” and build up disdain for those people who held those opinions or religious views or religious heritage. And then the next came, well, those people are so evil and hateful, let’s bring every book that they’ve written or has to do with them and let’s start burning the books, because we can’t tolerate their intolerance.

Uh, Louis…Hitler didn’t accuse the Jews of intolerance or call them haters. He called them immoral and said they were trying to destroy society from within. You know, like you and your fellow bigots say every day about gay people. And the Jews, like gay people, were a tiny minority in an overwhelmingly Christian society, allowing Hitler to use Christian arguments for why they should be eliminated. How’s that analogy looking now?

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  • birgerjohansson

    You know, if someone spray-paints swastikas or slogans like “gay people serve Satan” in my town he would probably get his ass kicked. So there is a tenous connection but not like Gohmert thinks.

  • cptdoom

    As Harvey Firestein recently noted during an interview, the only person currently following the Nazi model of scapegoating a minority group to unify a people is Putin, the Right’s latest crush.

    Oh and Louie? I support man/woman marriage and same-sex marriage. They are not mutually exclusive.

  • eric

    People that stand up and say, you know, I agree with the majority of Americans

    Um, the majority of Americans now support SSM, Louis.

  • caseloweraz

    Now jest a darn minute here… Rep. Gohmert might have a point. Has anyone considered the rampant burning of Bibles in this country lately?

    Oh, wait… It’s that other holy book that (a few) certain people have tried to burn.

    Bibles, not so much.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Um, the majority of Americans now support SSM, Louis.

    That’s what they want you to think. But the Real Majority™ of Real Americans ™ agree with Louis; it’s just that the polls that they put out have been skewed to hide the Truth™ from you.

  • dmcclean

    what we’ve seen throughout our history as going back to the days of the Nazi takeover in Europe.

    Really taking the long view, there, Rep. Gohmert. Your view of history stretches back nearly 8 decades!

  • oranje

    Louis hasn’t been harping about group marriage all that much lately. Yoo-hoo! Louis! Poly-person over here!

    I just want to watch his brain overheat, yes.

  • scienceavenger

    I agree with Moses and Jesus that marriage was a man and a woman

    But what did Solomon say? And seriously, why in the world does the media let these goofballs say these things (“marriage has been defined as a man and a woman for thousands of years”) without correcting them? Hell, marriage isn’t defined as one man/one woman all over the world NOW, much less historically.

  • John Pieret

    marriage isn’t defined as one man/one woman all over the world NOW, much less historically

    You are mistaking wingnut history with something that is, or is even meant to be, factual.

  • Trebuchet

    At great risk to my brain cells, I clicked on the video to see if it was as unrelated to the post topic as it appeared. It is. It’s about Karl Rove claiming Hillary Clinton is “brain damaged”.

  • felidae

    And Solomon defined marriage as one man and 700 women–and 300 concubines on the side but at least he wasn’t gay

  • Ichthyic

    That’s what they want you to think. But the Real Majority™ of Real Americans ™ agree with Louis; it’s just that the polls that they put out have been skewed to hide the Truth™ from you.

    this is also why Romney is really the president, but is being held captive by the gay-rainbow-socialist-fascist-communist-muslim consipiracy!

    because, there simply is no way Romney lost to Obama.

    denial is the friend to delusion, and projection is its voice.