Evangelical Bryan Fischer hasn’t exactly made his dislike of LGBTQ people a secret, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed him as an anti-gay extremist. Now that Germany is banning conversion therapy for minors, he’s spreading the gospel of hate once again, claiming that a sizable chunk of Hitler’s Nazi party were homosexuals and that Germany’s future is now in doubt because the controversial therapy has been banned.
“This is not good for Germany’s future,” he wrote. “The Nazi party was formed in a gay bar in Munich, and almost all the officers in Hitler’s S.A. were homosexuals.”
This is not good for Germany's future. The Nazi Party was formed in a gay bar in Munich, and almost all of the officers in Hitler's S.A. were homosexuals. https://t.co/dnPehFCX5n
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) December 23, 2019
This isn’t the first time Fischer, who has also maligned Muslims, Native Americans, and African-Americans has said this, noting in a June 2016 broadcast for Focal Point:
“I said that back in 2009, got absolutely hammered, got absolutely blistered and I think what happened is people like Jonah Goldberg (a conservative columnist) saw what happened to somebody who was willing to step out and tell the truth about the origins of the Nazi party; that it was rooted in the homosexual movement, homosexual community; it was formed in a gay bar in Munich, most of the officers in the S.A., the Stormtroopers were homosexuals, you had no chance of advancing in the Stormtroopers unless you were a practicing homosexual.”
Fischer provides no evidence for these claims, but that’s not unusual for him. As the host of Focal Point, Fischer, who’s also the former Director of Issues Analysis for The American Family Association (a right-wing organization) he’s used these positions to make claims with no basis in fact.
He fails to mention that under the auspices of the Third Reich, at least 100,000 male homosexuals were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps and other prisons between 1933 and 1945. There are no known statistics regarding the percentage of gay men who died in the camps but leading scholars believe the death rate was 65 percent.
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