A Republican has compared gay rights advocates to Nazis in the US House of Representatives.
Louie Gohmert, who represents Texas’s first District in the House, took to the floor this afternoon to claim that gays are like Nazis and would soon start burning books.
He said: “It is amazing that in the name of liberality, in the name of being tolerant, this fascist intolerance has arisen.
“People that stand up and say, you know, I agree with the majority of Americans, I agree with Moses and Jesus that marriage was a man and a woman, now all of a sudden, people like me are considered haters, hate mongers, evil, which really is exactly what we’ve seen throughout our history going back to the days of the Nazi takeover in Europe.
“What did they do? First, they would call people ‘haters’ and ‘evil’ and build up disdain for those people who held those opinions or religious views or religious heritage.
“And then the next came, well, those people are so evil and hateful, let’s bring every book that they’ve written or has to do with them and let’s start burning the books, because we can’t tolerate their intolerance.”
“That’s called projecting… someone that has a characteristic and to divert condemnation on themselves, they project their characteristic on someone with whom they disagree.
“So the most intolerant in America, like me, yeah we get upset, we can’t stand to see our nation torn apart.”
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