In politics, few things are more ridiculous than comparing your political opponents to Hitler or the Nazis. Whether you’re a liberal, conservative, libertarian or anything else, nothing says hyperbole like proving Godwin’s Law right off the bat. This is a problem with all political movements, especially when you’re catering to low-information voters and screaming about things like the imaginary Obama-sponsored gun grab by the UN.
Sure, the left does it as well, as I’ve discussed recently – but the radical wing of the GOP has this never-ending scare story about how liberals are the same as Hitler and how their religious freedoms are constantly under assault by us godless atheists who want to teach their kids to accept evolution and worship Satan. I’m only halfway kidding about the last one. Seriously, some actually believe that.
Back on Tuesday, Texas swore in a state senator, Charles Perry, who compared his perceived loss of religious freedom to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust:
God has a place in the government, Perry explained in his inaugural speech as he vividly recalled a recent trip to a former concentration camp in Berlin.
“There were 10,000 people that were paraded into a medical office under the guise of a physical. As they stood with their back against the wall, they were executed with a bullet through the throat. Before they left, 10,000 people met their fate that way,” Perry said.
“Is it not the same than when our government continues to perpetuate laws that lead citizens away from God? The only difference is that the fraud of the Germans was more immediate and whereas the fraud of today’s government will not be exposed until the final days and will have eternal-lasting effects.” (Source)
This constant comparison of modern day America to Nazi Germany 70+ years ago is getting really, really old. What I want to know is exactly which one of State Sen. Charles Perry’s freedoms is being infringed upon? More so, where does not being able to force your religion on other people fit on the slippery slope to totalitarianism, fascism and genocide? Senator Perry, were you somehow prohibited from taking your oath of office on the religious book of your choice? Were you forced to wear a gold patch for all to see proclaiming your religious affiliation and to encourage discrimination? No? I didn’t think so.
What’s more, a preacher at the same ceremony did the exact same thing, complaining about the loss of religious freedom while at a government function. Seriously, how oppressed are you when you can swear in a member of your religion to political office? Did Hitler allow Jews to hold political office? Of course not, but if you were to believe this preacher at the swearing-in ceremony, we’re in the middle of another Holocaust:
Also recalling a trip to a concentration camp, Pastor Jeff McCreight of Rock City Church compared abortion to the estimated 11 million people who died at the hands of the Nazis.
“The value of human life is continually being attacked by a 41-year-old Holocaust called abortion, which makes Hitler look like a humanitarian,” McCreight said.
That “attack” is why McCreight said Perry’s swearing-in ceremony was so important.
“Someone’s gotta fight against that,” he said. (Source)
Yes, in the eyes of lunatics like State Senator Charles Perry or Pastor Jeff McCreight, a woman’s right to choose is worse than the real Holocaust and World War Two, which killed millions more than just those who died in the concentration camps, members of my own family included. In addition to that, Texas has passed some of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the nation which have closed many clinics in the state and threaten close all but a few if the law Wendy Davis attempted to filibuster is upheld by the courts.
As I’ve said before, there’s no reason to make up stories about radical Republicans. We don’t need to exaggerate their comments or make Nazi comparisons, they do a damn good job of embarrassing themselves and we need to keep letting them do it on their own. Texas State Sen. Charles Perry shows just how out of touch conservative Republicans are with reality going into the 2014 mid-term elections, so let’s just keep reporting the facts and remember to get out and vote.
And just in case you forgot, once again, here’s what’s at stake this coming November:
—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives
—33 seats in the U.S. Senate
—46 State Legislatures
—38 State and Territorial Governorships.
Are you registered to vote? Do you know where your local polling place is? If not, turn off the TV and stop sharing distracting outrage stories. If you don’t vote, you can expect to see more people like Sen. Charles Perry representing you. It’s as simple as that.
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