Bryan Fischer, a radio host and blogger for the American Family Association (AFA), tweeted an offensive Holocaust analogy on April 1. Fischer likened the temporary closure of a restaurant in Indiana, whose owners said they would refuse to cater a gay wedding, to Kristallnacht, a violent pogrom carried out by Nazi storm troopers in Germany and Austria in 1938. Kristallnacht led to the destruction of thousands of Jewish synagogues, homes and businesses as well as arrests and the deaths of Jews and opened the door to the persecution and destruction of European Jewry. Fischer also blamed the restaurant’s decision to close due to the public’s negative reaction on the “Gay Gestapo.”
In January 2015, the AFA dismissed Fischer as a spokesperson for the organization but he continues to host a radio show for the AFA and to write blogs on the AFA website that demonize the LGBT community.
Fischer often invokes the Holocaust to discuss contemporary American political issues, particularly with regard to the LGBT community. He has made a number of statements likening LGBT activists to Nazis and conservative Christians to Jews who were persecuted under Hitler’s regime. He also compared the Supreme Court to Nazis after it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.
There is no comparison between current political issues and the actions of Hitler’s regime during the Holocaust. Such inappropriate analogies only serve to trivialize the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to Jews and other survivors, as well as those Americans who fought valiantly against the Nazis during World War II.