Anglican Paper Compares Gay Activists to Nazis

Column by former politician refers to them as 'gaystapo'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2011 2:55 AM CST
Anglican Paper Compares Gay Activists to Nazis
Adolf Hitler greets members of the elite Nazi SS as Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler (to the left) looks on.   (Getty Images)

A newspaper for the Anglican community in Britain has compared activists battling for gay rights to Nazis, calling them the "gaystapo." Having "rectified" the "injustices and humiliations foisted on the homosexual community, the UK's victorious Gaystapo are now on a roll," writes former London politician Alan Craig. "Their gay-rights storm troopers take no prisoners as they annex our wider culture, and hotel owners, registrars, magistrates, doctors, and foster parents find themselves crushed under the pink jackboot."

Furious gay leaders immediately blasted the column. "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," one tells the Guardian. The editor defended the piece, saying the author presented "pertinent views," though he said he would have preferred to "tone down" the language. Craig added: "I stick by my word 'Gaystapo.' It is bullying. There is no justification for the bullying or intimidation of gays." (More The Church of England newspaper stories.)

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