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Jewish Anti-Defamation League Denounces Tony Perkins Anti-Gay Holocaust Commentary

Yesterday we reported on remarks made by Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, reacting to a Colorado baker who was recently told he must abide by the state's anti-discrimination statutes and bake wedding cakes for gay couples.

PerkinsPerkins suggested that an anti-Christian Holocaust was coming, warning that gays would soon start "rolling out the boxcars" as the Nazis did to Jews.

The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League was not impressed by Perkins's rhetoric.

Said Abraham H. Foxman:

Tony Perkins’ invocation of the Holocaust in his statement referring to a judge’s finding that a baker unlawfully discriminated against gay customers is offensive and inappropriate.

There is no comparison between contemporary American political issues and the actions of Hitler’s regime during the Holocaust. Such inappropriate analogies only serve to trivialize the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to Jews and other survivors, as well as those Americans who fought valiantly against the Nazis in World War II.

We urge Perkins to apologize and to refrain from using Holocaust imagery to make his point.

But what can one really expect from a hate group leader?

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  1. Nice to see someone standing up to this idiot.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 11, 2014 12:47:54 PM


  2. What was missing from from Foxman's statement was that "the other survivors" were gays who were sent to boxcars by the Catholic Nazis--you know, Perkins cohorts in moral crimes. I guess Perkins knows something about boxcars after all.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 11, 2014 12:52:27 PM


  3. Sad that it takes a reference to the holocaust to get Abe Foxman to finally criticize a hateful bigot like Perkins. Where the hell you been Abe?

    Posted by: Richard D | Jun 11, 2014 1:14:19 PM


  4. While I'm very grateful for the information Towleroad gives me, I could do without the Walmart portraits of these assholes that accompany the articles. It gives me nightmares about vampires. The only way I can sleep is to wrap my hands around my neck.

    Posted by: parkrunner | Jun 11, 2014 1:48:40 PM


  5. Actually, Abe has been criticizing them for several years:

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    August 15, 2012

    http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/641853.html

    ADL's Foxman warns of efforts to 'Christianize America'

    By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent

    NEW YORK - Institutionalized Christianity in the U.S. has grown so extremist that it poses a tangible danger to the principle of separation of church and state and threatens to undermine the religious tolerance that characterizes the country, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, warned in his address to the League's national commission, meeting in New York City over the weekend.

    "Today we face a better financed, more sophisticated, coordinated, unified, energized and organized coalition of groups in opposition to our policy positions on church-state separation than ever before. Their goal is to implement their Christian worldview. To Christianize America. To save us!" he said.

    Foxman proceeded to describe the process and to name names: "Major players include Focus On Family. Alliance Defense Fund, the American Family Association, Family Research Council and more. They and other groups have established new organizations and church-based networks, and built infrastructure throughout the country designed to promote traditional Christian values."

    The ADL, considered the largest Jewish organization in America, has in the past spearheaded campaigns against religious preachers and Christian elements deemed unusually extreme. But this is the first all-out media assault by an ADL head on the U.S. Christian establishment. (cont'd)

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jun 11, 2014 1:51:09 PM


  6. It would be silly of us to believe the Christian Right were to give any validity to the holocaust, gay people or any minority for that matter. The Christian Right is all white from the getgo and anything other than that is beneath such supremacists.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Jun 11, 2014 2:07:48 PM


  7. The Catholic Church has until recently quite antisemitic, regarding them as the murderers of their non-existent "Christ". These delusional people will stop at nothing. The Jews have reasons to be alarmed as the Spanish Inquisition and pogroms in Seville are still in their memory.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 11, 2014 2:07:59 PM


  8. Uh, great statement but let's not whitewash homosexuals were thrown in the boxcars right along with the Jews which makes Perkin's comment infinitely more offensive.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 11, 2014 2:10:09 PM


  9. Interesting. Rag on us all day long, and nothing - but don't you DARE COMPARE ANYTHING TO THE HOLOCAUST!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Tigernan | Jun 11, 2014 2:18:54 PM


  10. Because nothing does "compare."

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jun 11, 2014 2:24:43 PM


  11. Foxman didn't actually say he disagreed with Perkins' sentiment. He just objected to his use of the Holocaust comparison. He lost an opportunity to do both.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 11, 2014 2:40:18 PM


  12. Foxman's son is gay. He is very much an ally.

    Posted by: Phil | Jun 11, 2014 2:54:58 PM


  13. Leave it to the Jewish ADL to call a Human Rights issue "contemporary American political issues", and to omit naming gays as survivors of the Holocaust "...offensive to Jews and other survivors".

    To the Jewish ADL we're "other" survivors. Way to make sure nobody's consciousness is elevated to know that gays were persecuted too by the Nazis.

    Oh well...

    Add this to the instance of the ADL litigating against what eventually became GLAAD, because they couldn't stand the idea of being associated gays having a Gay ADL.

    While learning about the Holocaust in school I was never taught by teachers or films about how gays were on-the-list too.

    Apparently to Jews and the world at large, only Jews and Gypsies were persecuted by Nazis... Or maybe it's that they just agreed with the Nazis about gays...

    Is the ADL upset by FRC's and Tony Perkins' bigotry, or just that they referenced THEIR Holocaust?!

    Posted by: Messy | Jun 11, 2014 3:02:52 PM


  14. I am offended and troubled---as the entire gay community should be----that Abe Foxman noticeably failed to mention or acknowledge the fact that thousands of gay men were victims of Nazism in his statement.

    The idea that the gay victims of the holocaust should still be discounted and forgotten by people who know better is utterly obscene and obnoxious.

    Posted by: Kirk | Jun 11, 2014 5:13:00 PM


  15. The guy Perkins is clearly paranoid or desperate for listeners/followers.

    We are not all happy and sweet.We are not all evil sinners. We are just like everyone else, like we have always been saying.

    The A.D.L. is a bit of a hate group too sometimes.

    Posted by: JIMMY WOO | Jun 11, 2014 5:44:55 PM


  16. Abe Foxman and the ADL had a golden opportunity to educate the public about the Nazi persecution and murder of gay men for the "crime" of being gay. They chose to remain silent about Nazi homophobia and where it led. That is reprehensible and cowardly.

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 11, 2014 8:30:49 PM


  17. Messy, the United Stations Holocaust Memorial Museum devotes extensive resources relating the story of the persecution of gays.

    http://www.ushmm.org/exhibition/persecution-of-homosexuals/

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Jun 11, 2014 9:39:29 PM


  18. It's idiotic to attack the ADL for insuffiently arguing a point. Stay focused, if you ever hope to make a point. And the Point is assaulting the nutcase Perkins.

    Posted by: Richard | Jun 15, 2014 10:54:25 AM


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