Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver of the Christian-based Liberty Counsel, invoked images of Nazi gas chambers while defending his client, who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (video below).
Staver made his comments on the Family Research Council radio program “Washington Watch," which was hosted by Craig James, reports RightWingWatch.org.
James sued Fox Sports in August for terminating him in 2013 for anti-gay comments that he made while running for the U.S. Senate in 2012, noted The Dallas Morning News.
Staver told James that churches and pastors would be persecuted next, and later added:
"I think most people don't understand, but they're starting to see it now, is that if you even believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, that alone classifies you in some people's minds as a hater, a hate group, that you can't have employment.
"You know, back in the 1930s, it began with the Jews, where they were evicted from public employment, then boycotted in their private employment, then stigmatized, that led to the gas chambers. This is the new persecution of Christians here in this country."
The Nazis persecuted Jewish people for being Jewish. Davis has been jailed for contempt of court, not for her self-identified religion, but because she refused to obey a court order to issue marriage licenses and would not allow her deputy clerks to do so either, reports CNN.
This was not the first time Staver has invoked the Nazis. In March, Staver predicted a future gay marriage law would be like handing Jewish people over to Nazis (video below):
"But as a believer, you cannot obey something that is contrary to God's law. And we would easily say, 'Well, what would happen if the government forced you turn over a Jew in Nazi Germany?'
"Well, all of us would say, 'Yeah, you know, we wouldn't do that, we wouldn't listen to that.' Well, you know, we're about ready to walk into the moment."