Here we are, ladies and gents, denizens of the internet in the ~year of our lord 2016~, and the leader of Australia’s most bigoted group has just called everyone who doesn’t share his views a Nazi.
Lyle Shelton, leader of the Australian Christian Lobby, wrote a blog post today. I know, right? *So* 2010.
In it, he linked the rise of Nazi Germany to Bill Shorten‘s support of the Safe Schools program, which, we all know, literally just teaches kids that not everybody is straight, that not everybody is cisgendered, and however you identify is absolutely okay and you are worthy of love and friendship. Not, as it were, genocide.
He quotes the obituary of Fritz Stern, a German expatriate who fled Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and spent much of his career focusing on the rise of Nationalist Socialism in Germany during the first half of the 20th century.
“Hitler’s rise, he [Stern] argued, owed less to the Austrian corporal’s personality, his thuggish supporters add brutish ideas, than to his opponents’ cowardice and the weakness of Germany’s ‘gatekeepers’ – the guardians of its cultural and moral standards.”
This, Shelton claims, is similar to ‘the lack of opposition to Safe Schools’. (You what now? Lack of opposition?) That the gatekeeper’s of Australia’s moral standards are weak.
“That Labor leader Bill Shorten can promise during an election to fund the so-called “Safe Schools” program which teaches children as young as four that “only you can know if you are a boy or a girl – no one can tell you” and there be so little push back is a failure of those of us who know better.
“Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed.
“The cowardice and weakness of Australia’s “gatekeepers” is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s.”
Really, we can only come to one, logical conclusion: that Lyle Shelton has fallen into the same trap that’s tripped up so many irrational and utterly incensed internet commenters before him.
Got no solid argument? Invoke Hitler. *That’ll* convince ’em.