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Nazi comments inflame same sex marriage debate in Minnesota

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The group supporting the legalization of same sex marriage in Minnesota will be joined by a diverse group of faith leaders Friday afternoon to address Nazi comparisons made by the campaign against gay marriage.

As ThinkProgress first reported Thursday, Minnesota for Marriage is offering "sermon starters" to pastors, urging them to preach against same sex marriage on Sunday, April 7 – an event they've dubbed "Stand for Marriage Day."

The "Stand for Marriage" materials, posted at mnpastorsformarriage.com, also include a PowerPoint presentation and a bulletin created by the Family Research Council – a "Christian organization promoting the traditional family unit."

Here are a few of the specific claims in the handouts that Minnesotans United has specifically taken issue with:

- "Homosexuals claim: "We were born this way; it is in our genes; God made us gay." They cite old "gay gene" studies predominantly conducted by researchers who are homosexuals; studies that have been repudiated by credible research. Yet these same biased and discredited studies have been widely publicized by the liberal media as true and factual. They essentially practice Joseph Goebel's Nazi philosophy of propaganda, which is basically this: Tell a lie long enough and loud enough and eventually most mindless Americans will believe it. Hear this: God did not make anyone homosexual…" (Sermon Starter, p. 3-4)

- "Every one of us has a sin nature that twists and perverts God-given desires not only toward homosexuality, but toward all sorts of sin, including sexual sins such as promiscuity, adultery, pedophilia, etc." (Sermon Starter, p.4)

- Dr. James Dobson: "Scientifically speaking, there is no gay gene. Listen, I do not believe that God would… place in your genetic code something that would damn your immortal soul." (Sermon Starter, p. 4)

"These new documents, directly provided to the public and posted online by Minnesota for Marriage, directly contradict their apologies made less than six months ago regarding the use of and references to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, and call into serious question Minnesota for Marriage's reasons for opposing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples," Minnesotans For Marriage said in a statement.

The previous apology was in regard to comments made by Pastor Brad Brandon during a PowerPoint presentation in Brainerd, Minn. last October, ahead of the statewide vote on the failed marriage amendment.

Brandon seemed to claim that critics of gay marriage would be silenced, saying, "[Hitler] removed their voices in the public square and removed their control of their own businesses. So, he stopped Jewish people from speaking out in public and he silenced them."

"In this, we're not saying that one side or the another is equal to Adolf Hitler and the atrocities that were committed in Nazi Germany," he said before he was interrupted by one of several audience members.

A spokeswoman for Minnesota for Marriage said the reference was taken out of context or misunderstood, explaining that Brandon was trying to say that critics of gay marriage could be silenced if the amendment failed.

"He's apologized and he's apologized on behalf of the campaign. His point was absolutely correct; he was just using a poor analogy and an incorrect choice of words to make his religious liberties point," Autumn Leva said. "He's been instructed to no longer compare the loss of religious freedoms to Hitler and Nazi Germany."

Friday's news conference is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis.

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