The recent conversation surrounding the Confederate flag has inspired some anti-gay pundits to call for the removal of the rainbow flag, traditionally understood as a symbol for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
After photos emerged of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old who murdered nine black congregants in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, posing with the Confederate flag, many are calling for the removal of the flag due to its symbolism for white supremacy.
Anti-gay pundits are now attempting to co-opt the important conversation in favor of hateful rhetoric, calling for the removal of LGBT flags. According to Right Wing Watch, Brian Fischer, the notoriously anti-gay radio host, broached the subject on his show Tuesday.
“If we are going to remove symbols of oppression from our culture, if we come to the point where we say any flag that represents bigotry, any flag that represents hatred, any flag that represents slavery or oppression needs to be removed, then I want to suggest to you that the next flag to go ought to be the rainbow flag of the Gay Reich," Fischer stated. “The rainbow flag represents the gay lobby, it represents Big Gay, it represents what I’m calling for the first time today, I’m introducing a new term: the Gay Reich. They’ve got a flag just like the Nazis had their flag.”
More from Fischer can be heard in the video above.
Columnist John Nolte echoed Fischer's sentiments, writing a piece titled “Take Down The Fascist, Anti-Christian Gay-Pride Flag“ and later tweeting about his perspective.
The Big Gay Hate Machine flies a Big Gay Hate Flag.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 24, 2015
A number of businesses have responded to public outrage over the Confederate flag debate. Six companies, including Walmat and Amazon, have banned the sale of Confederate flags as of Wednesday morning.
The MoMA also recently added the rainbow flag to its collection of iconic symbols in its design collection in order to preserve it for prosperity.