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Same-sex marriage opponents link gays to Nazis — again

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Minnesota for Marriage, the group seeking to block legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry, appears to have repeated a public relations blunder that last fall landed its chairman in hot water. 

On Thursday, the left-leaning Think Progress, a blog maintained by the Center for American Progress Fund, posted an item about a “sermon starter” posted on the website of coalition member Minnesota Pastors for Marriage which compares gays to Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels.  

“Homosexuals claim: ‘We were born this way; it is in our genes; God made us gay,’” the sample sermon, penned by Dr. Kenyn Cureton of the Family Research Council, the Washington, D.C., affiliate of one of the Minnesota group’s main members.

“They cite old ‘gay gene’ studies predominantly conducted by researchers who are homosexuals; studies that have been repudiated by credible research. Yet these same biased and discredited studies have been widely publicized by the liberal media as true and factual. They essentially practice Joseph Goebel’s [sic] Nazi philosophy of propaganda, which is basically this: Tell a lie long enough and loud enough and eventually most mindless Americans will believe it.”

The post was quickly followed by a detailed memo by Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to pass same-sex marriage, noting, among other things, that last fall a Minnesota for Marriage campaign official compared Minnesotans United’s efforts to Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany.

The group first apologized, but then backtracked and said that Pastoral Outreach Director Brad Brandon’s point was correct but that he had used a “poor analogy.” 

The sermon can be found here.

‘More than 10,000 studies’

A couple more worth noting: The sermon, one of a number available on the Pastors for Marriage website, quotes Focus on the Family founder James Dobson making a claim that would seem impossible: “More than 10,000 studies have concluded that kids do best when they are raised by mothers and fathers.”

Finally, there is a specific call to action that can be made — with a couple of caveats legally in Minnesota — from the pulpit: “We need to participate in our ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people’ as Abraham Lincoln described it.

“Now some might say: ‘I don’t think Christians should get involved in politics.’ Let me ask you a question: Who created government in the first place? Romans 13:1-7 tells us plainly and unmistakably that God ordained government. Since God created the institution of government, would He want His people to stay out of it? No. If Christians don’t ‘render to Caesar’ (Matt. 22:21) and don’t function as ‘salt’ and ‘light’ (Matt. 5:13-16) in the arena of government, then we disobey the commands of Christ and allow Satan to prevail by default. 

“So we need to and impact our government as stinging salt and shining light. Contact your elected state officials and let them know how you feel about marriage. The legislature could vote as soon as this week to overturn the biblical definition of marriage and legalize same-sex ‘marriage.’ Visit and click on ‘Contact Your Legislator.’ Call and tell your state House representative and your state Senator that you are against House 1054 and Senate 925 respectively.”

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Kenneth Kjer on 03/29/2013 - 10:26 am.

    Minnesota for Marriage

    First of it takes a lot of nerve to pick a name like that, because they don’t represent Minnesota. Secondly in there warped sense of right and wrong they forget that there churches are guilty of covering child sexual abuse for years, many of the men are guilty of domestic abuse, and then in there elite egotism they forgo the facts for the propaganda spewed by there leaders. How dare they call me and my friends Nazi’s. I would be willing to bet none of them would have enough guts to call me that to my face.

  2. Submitted by ALAN BELISLE on 03/29/2013 - 10:39 am.


    Actually the reference to Nazis is apt, but not in the way the MPM would want it to be. The Nazis wanted to exterminate homosexuals, along with Jews and Gypsies. I guess discriminate is better than exterminate, but it’s still not a very Christian thing to do. And exactly what is “biblical marriage”? I’m not a Bible scholar but I seem to remember lots of cases of multiple wives, concubines, slaves, and taking on the brother’s wife after he died. Again, not a good reference.

  3. Submitted by John Edwards on 03/29/2013 - 12:22 pm.

    Double Standard?

    Politicususa, a self-proclaimed liberal website, used precisely the same, best-known Goebbels’ quote in a June 11, 2011 column by D. L. MacKenzie in attacking Congressman Dick Armey; Anthony Napolitano of Fox News, and Sarah Palin (who was also described as a renowned simpleton if likening her to a Nazi was not enough vitriol for the blog’s readers.) The Goebbels’ reference has been used countless times by people of all political beliefs. Because it was made against a gay organization and also reported in today’s Star-Tribune, it becomes an issue. It will be interesting to see if Think Progress, MinnPost, the Star-Tribune and other left-wing websites are equally offended when a liberal uses the same accusatory reference against a conservative, which will invariably happen again.

    • Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 03/29/2013 - 02:29 pm.

      So Minn Post is hypocritical

      because some unrelated organization that has nothing to do with the marriage issue once used the same Nazi quote? That’s really your best point? Maybe it’s not a point, and just the usual whining from conservatives’ persecution complex.

  4. Submitted by Kenneth Kjer on 04/02/2013 - 07:38 am.

    So Minn Post is hypocritical

    I find it interesting how people automatically assign others a political leaning based on their views of one subject. I have been called a libtard because of one comment and a conservative in another. In politics today unless one is ultra conservative or ultra liberal it is pretty hard for any person to completely agree with the party they belong to. When it comes to the gay marriage issue, I believe it is not ones political or even ones religious believe that completely guides one stance. I think it more of an individuals life experience and maybe their unwillingness to take what their religion is saying at face value. My wife for example is a staunch Democrat and catholic and still favors gay marriage because she believes her church is wrong on the issue. Whereas I simply don’t care if gays have the right to marry because I believe that the gay marriage issue is a way for the churches to draw attention away from child sexual abuse. I also don’t see how gay people being married is going to bother anybody else. So essentially in one house we have two people who two widely different views on the same subject, but both have the same political leanings.

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