LONDON — British politician Alan Craig — head of Britain’s christian political party, Peoples Christian Alliance — has compared gay rights campaigners to Nazis.
In an editorial column entitled “Confronting the Gaystapo,” originally published Oct. 28, edition of the Church of England Newspaper, Craig details what he sees as a series of egregious actions by the LGBTQ equality rights movement:
“The hidden hegemonic ambitions of the Gaystapo have been exposed recently by their plans to annex and redefine ‘marriage’. They already have achieved equal rights through civil partnerships, so to covet the word and undermine a foundation-stone of our civilization – and nurturing place for our children – betrays other more ominous intentions.
They want to change our language, manipulate our culture and thereby impose their world-view on us all. Cultural domination is their aim and fascist-type intolerance (here) of politically-incorrect dissent (here) is their weapon. The eradication of marriage as “the life-long union between a man and a woman” is a huge next step along their way.”
Craig also refers to a number of recent high profile legal cases in England that have brought equality rights efforts into conflict with the values espoused by the christian factions, writing:
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“Having forcibly – and understandably – rectified the Versailles-type injustices and humiliations foisted on the homosexual community, the UK’s victorious Gaystapo are now on a roll. Their gay-rights stormtroopers take no prisoners as they annex our wider culture, and hotel owners, registrars, magistrates, doctors, counsellors, and foster parents … find themselves crushed under the pink jackboot.
Following a plethora of equalities legislation, homosexuals are now protected and privileged by sexual orientation regulations and have achieved legal equality by way of civil partnerships. But it’s only 1938 and Nazi expansionist ambitions are far from sated.”
“Given the horrific circumstances of the Holocaust, it is deeply disturbing and highly offensive that the Church of England Newspaper has chosen to compare supporters of equality with Nazis,” said Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of the equality rights charity Stonewall UK.
“We are sure that many of the paper’s advertisers, such as the University of Sheffield, will be deeply disturbed to read this crass and homophobic article,” Summerskill said.
The newpaper’s editor, Colin Blakely, defended the “Gaystapo” op-ed, telling The Guardian, that Craig’s veiws “are pertinent.”
Craig, who also spoke to the Guardian, said he was “pretty careful” to distinguish between the leadership of gay rights groups and “ordinary gay people.”
“I’ve nothing against ordinary gay people but the leadership, well I stick by my word Gaystapo,” he said. “It is bullying. I oppose bullying and hatred in all its forms. There is no justification for the bullying or intimidation of gays and that has been rectified in law, but we’ve moved on to a new game. We’re now seeing these attitudes of intolerance they accuse their opponents of.”