October 31, 2008
Comparing gay marriage to Hitler
You know, and many of you disagree with, what I think about Proposition 8. But have you heard what Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, thinks of the measure that would change California’s constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage?
In the above video, via Pam’s House Blend, Dacus likens defeating gay marriage to fighting back against Hitler:
They came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”
Not surprisingly, the Anti-Defamation League was “outraged and deeply offended” by Dacus’ comparison. From a strategic standpoint, I’d agree it was a blunder. Voting yes on Prop. 8 is not a move toward Nazism, but Hitler rounded up and murdered gays along with the crippled and the Jews. I don’t think you’d want to make that association.