Conservatives Claim Discriminating Florist Is Victim Of Gay Nazism

Scott Lively's infamous book claiming the Nazis, including Hitler, were gay.

Washington florist Baronelle Stutzman faces potentially two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding in violation of Washington’s nondiscrimination protections. As conservatives rush to her defense, they seem all too eager to compare the gay community to the Nazi Party.

Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, the Family Research Council’s state affiliate, believes the inability for businesses to openly discriminate is a sign that “brown shirts” are coming:

One wonders what our founding fathers, many of whom left Europe to get away from a religious and philosophical litmus test for being involved in civil society, would think about the Attorney General’s apparent suggestion that you must agree with, or at least cooperate with, the government dogma regarding marriage as a condition of running a business.

Someone looking for a business idea might test just how strong the market for brown shirts actually is in Washington State.

Meanwhile, the hatemonger Scott Lively claims that the laws protecting the LGBT community amount to “homofascism,” complete with his trademark pink swastika (via Jeremy Hooper):

State sues florist over refusing service for gay wedding

Homofascism is a form of extreme left-wing radicalism which attempts to establish rigid totalitarian controls over public discussions and policies addressing sexual morality, and to punish or suppress all disapproval of homosexuality and related sexual behaviors.

According to Godwin’s Law, invoking a reference to Adolf Hitler or Nazis counts as an automatic concession in any argument, but in cases like this, such references are particularly offensive. First of all, to refer to gay people as Nazis ignores the fact that the Nazis persecuted over 50,000 gay men, marking them with pink triangle concentration camp badges. Secondly, it is the gay men who were denied a public service — not the florist. Though conservatives are obviously trying to paint Stutzman as a victim, it makes no sense to paint the couple nor the attorney general as oppressors when the law is on their side.