Michael Crawford

Anti-Gays: Protecting Gay Kids Worse Than Nazi Furnaces

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 19, 2007 8:14 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: American hate groups, hate crimes against LGBT people, LGBT, religion

In yet another sign of how Christianity is being used by anti-gay extremists to justify their homo-hatred, Watchmen on the Walls compares a new California law protecting LGBT kids to the Nazi furnaces used to kill millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Vlad Kusakin, human rights activist and owner of “The Speaker” media holding company, told the audience: “Now it’s time to rescue our children from the public schools as from a hellish furnace. Just like one who would prescribe the burning of kids in the Nazi’s concentration camps furnaces, now 65 years later Arnold Schwarzenegger opened furnaces which are even worse for our children by his signature. Pray and fast for the kids and families of California and take your kids out of public schools”.

Extremely disturbing, but not unbelievable.

The Watchmen have fomented a particularly virulent strain of homophobia that has resulted in the loss of at least one life. The Southern Poverty Law Center has said that the group is even more physically abusive than Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps. One of the group's co-founders Scott Lively was ordered by a civil court judge to pay $20,000 to lesbian photojournalist Catherine Stauffer for dragging her by the hair through the halls of a Portland church in 1991.

The Watchmen may on the surface look like another group of nutty right-wingers, but they should be seen for what they are: a growing hate group spreading domestic terrorism against LGBT people.

As Box Turtle Bulletin points out,

But these extremists aren’t just some fringe part of the Watchmen movement. Scott Lively and Vlad Kusakin, along with Rev. Ken Hutcherson, are among the most prominent U.S.-based leaders. In the Watchmen world, these guys don’t represent the extremes; they’re at the very the core of the movement.

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Thanks for this story. According to the report on the blog,

The Watchmen movement’s strategy for combating the “disease” of homosexuality calls for aggressive confrontation. “We church leaders need to stop being such, for lack of a better word, sissies when it comes to social and political issues,” Lively argues in a widely-circulated tract called Masculine Christianity. “For every motherly, feminine ministry of the church such as a Crisis Pregnancy Center or ex-gay support group we need a battle-hardened, take-it-to-the-enemy masculine ministry like [the anti-abortion group] Operation Rescue.”

Aggressive confrontation? They seem to be encouraging physical violence to me, and that should make everyone alarmed. And Operation Rescue, who they seem to idolize, is a truly out-of-control group with violent tactics, including posting the names of abortion providers online and targeting them for murder.

Surely someone in the federal government sees that this organization should be classified as a violent hate group? Or are their eyes blind to the fact that this is anti-gay bigotry?

I'd never heard of this group until Pam introduced us to them last week or so. After the couple pieces that you've also posted, I think they're definitely a group to keep a close eye on...

I wonder, like Steve does, how this group doesn't get classified as a hate group too... Maybe because their target isn't Republicans?

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 19, 2007 11:18 AM

On top of all of this, we have President Bush threatening to veto the federal hate crimes bill and states like Alabama, Wyoming and Mississippi voting down such legislation.

Its not just groups like the Watchmen. Its also political who are saying loudly that LGBT Americans do not deserve protections.