The city council in Asheville, North Carolina voted unanimously to hang a rainbow flag on city hall for National Coming Out Day on Saturday and two local Republican leaders want you to know that this is just like flying a Nazi flag on city hall. Because that’s a totally reasonable thing to say.
The donated flag was flown from City Hall Thursday as same-sex couples and advocates in North Carolina waited for a court ruling on gay marriage.
Former City Councilman Carl Mumpower and Chad Nesbitt, a former chairman of the Buncombe County GOP, said council violated state open meetings law by not holding vote during an official meeting in public.
“There is a reason that North Carolina instructs local elected bodies to handle their affairs in an open and deliberative way,” Nesbitt and Mumpower said in a statement. “Otherwise, they would be free, such as in this case, to indulge their personal feelings and conduct business behind closed doors and over private phone lines.”Municipalities in California have raised pride flags at City Hall and those actions were controversial as well.
Nesbitt and Mumpower in their statement included a depiction of a Nazi flag flying from City Hall.
“I am equating their methods with the Nazi movement,” Mumpower said. “They are indifferent to the rule of law and indifferent to the vote of the people. And that’s Adolph Hitler all over again in a different disguise.”
It’s true. I think we all remember that before Hitler killed millions of Jews and hundreds of thousands of gay people, he first flew a rainbow flag from the Reichstag without allowing enough time for public comment. Historians point to that flag as the pivotal moment in the development of the Third Reich.