Last week, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously that florist Barronelle Stutzman had violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when she refused service to a customer seeking to purchase flowers for a same-sex wedding.
Predictably, the ruling did not sit well with extremist anti-LGBTQ Religious Right activist Bryan Fischer, who railed against the “gay Gestapo” on his radio broadcast last Friday, comparing the decision to Kristallnacht, the infamous “Night of Broken Glass” in which thousands of Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues were looted and destroyed in Nazi Germany.
“This is the gay Gestapo,” Fischer said, “these are the jack-booted homosexual fascists of the LGBT movement; they are imposing tyranny and they are imposing slavery. They are bringing these things back to America.”
“Remember what Kristallnacht was,” he continued. “That was where the Nazis went though the Jewish parts of Berlin and they broke windows, they set businesses on fire, they shut them down, they drove Jewish people out of their homes and set their houses on fire. Now I’m not saying that’s what the homosexual fascists are doing today; you know, they’re using judges’ gavels instead of lead pipes. That’s what they’re doing, but it’s the same deal. This is Kristallnacht. They’re trying to put this woman out of business, they’re trying to shut her down, they’re trying to evict her from her home, that’s where they tried to go with this thing. How is that any different? Just the weapons are different.”