A conservative radio show host with a penchant for making controversial statements predicted that anti-gay activists will one day be treated similar to how the Jews were treated during the Holocaust.
Janet Mefferd, a Christian syndicated radio show host, made the comparison in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. Mefferd posted a link to a Fox News piece referencing Gross Pointe South High School's cancellation of a planned speech by Rick Santorum. It remains unclear why exactly the speech was canceled, though some speculate it was because of the politician's stance against gay marriage. (The appearance has since been rescheduled.)
On Facebook, Mefferd wrote that she could see America moving "toward a day when every Christian who supports real marriage might be made to wear a yellow patch on the sleeve, a "badge of shame" to identify us as 'anti-gay haters.' Kind of like the Jews in Nazi Germany."
While the post had several supportive comments, it also drew criticism, prompting a response from Mefferd several hours later:
How much tolerance is there for Christians who are constantly being marginalized for standing for biblical marriage when they're constantly being called "extremists" and "haters" ... when even an Army officer is sending emails that call the AFA and the FRC "domestic hate groups" ... when the SPLC's hate map led a homosexual activist to shoot a man at the FRC, leading to his being chharged with domestic terrorism ... ? We're not the haters. We're the HATED.
"We're deleting all the nasty comments that gay activists are making," Mefferd added.
Right Wing Watch's Brian Tashman notes that "the comparison of anti-gay activists to the Jews who suffered and died under the genocidal Nazi regime is deeply offensive and absurd on its face," adding that Nazis singled out homosexuals for brutal persecution as well.
Although not in these same terms, conservatives and same-sex marriage opponents have been issuing dire warnings of coming persecution.
In March, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes said social conservatives were being treated like "second-class citizens."
"There seems to be this opinion on the other side that says, you know what, you and I don’t deserve the same rights," Starnes told Sandy Rios on American Family Radio.
And five years ago, before years before President Barack Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage, conservative columnist Chuck Colson wrote that "If same-sex “marriage” becomes the law of the land, we can expect massive persecution of the Church."