Gay marriage: the first steps to Nazism?

by Richard on October 9, 2012

You couldn’t make this up. Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey was addressing a fringe meeting of the Conservative Party conference yesterday. He likened those who label opponents of gay marriage as bigots to Nazis, saying “Let us remember the Jews in Nazi Germany. What started against them was when they started to be called names. And that was the first stage towards that totalitarian state. We have to resist them. We treasure democracy. We treasure our Christian inheritance and we want to debate this in a fair way.”

Is it just me, or is it a bit rich to be labelling your opponents as Nazis with one breath and calling for a fair debate with the next?

I’m not surprised that Lord Carey’s words have upset Jewish leaders. They strike me as one of the most frivolous invocations of the holocaust I have ever read.

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Kim 10.09.12 at 2:34 pm

Carey had completely lost the plot. With “enemies” like him, who needs friends?


Richard 10.09.12 at 2:48 pm

I can’t help feeling that losing the plot is becoming more common…


Mark Byron 10.11.12 at 7:07 am

One now-standard line is the first person to invoke the Nazis has lost the argument. It’s especially odd, since the Nazis rounded up the gays along with the Jews, the Roma and the handicapped.


Richard 10.11.12 at 8:04 am

>> … the first person to invoke the Nazis has lost the argument

Yes. That line might be clichéd — but it is almost always true.

Just as it is here.

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