A group that opposes legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota is being criticized for materials it sent to pastors urging them to take a stance against same-sex marriage in their Sunday sermons, including information that compares the tactics of gay rights activists to Nazi propaganda.
"This is the second time in less than six months that spokespeople for Minnesota for Marriage have compared our respectful conversation and the loving and committed relationships of same-sex couples to Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Sending this appalling comparison out during Passover and as we approach Easter makes it even more hurtful to people of faith," said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families.
Minnesota for Marriage, which opposes legalizing same-sex marriage, called the issue a "smoke screen" by the other side and an example of the kind of attack on religious freedom that can be expected if same-sex marriage is legalized in the state.
"This is simply a desperate attempt to distract Minnesotans in order to convince them that children don't really need a mother and a father," said Autumn Leva, a spokeswoman for Minnesota for Marriage. "This distraction just exposes the fact that they have been saying the people of Minnesota have given them a mandate to legalize gay marriage, when all the polls show that they didn't."
The group is promoting a "Stand For Marriage Sunday" on April 7. Materials were posted on the group's website Wednesday,
March 27, to assist pastors in their sermons or to insert in their congregations' bulletins urging members to ask their state lawmakers to vote against the gay marriage bill being considered in the Legislature.
One section in a document entitled "Sermon Starters" refers to "old 'gay gene' studies" cited by homosexuals who say, "We were born this way; it is in our genes; God made us gay."
"They essentially practice Joseph Goebel's 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 document states, misspelling the Nazi figure's last name.
Minnesota for Marriage faced criticism in the fall when its church outreach director, the Rev. Brad Brandon, compared opponents' tactics on the gay marriage amendment fight to those used by Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. Brandon and other Minnesota for Marriage leaders quickly apologized for the "inapt" analogy at the time.
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