Doughy Pantload Quotes "Pink Swastika," Nation's IQ Drops 45 Points

We've all had fun with Jonah Goldberg's new book, Liberal Fascism: How Pasteurization is the Exact Same Thing as Torture. But the latest part quoted by our good friends at Sadly, No! isn't so much funny as, well, deeply disturbing and creepy.

You see, Jonah could only get so far arguing that Hitler's alleged vegetarianism was proof that all liberals were Nazis. So he had to find a better scapegoat. And while there are a whole bunch of possible scapegoats he could have picked, he went with the obvious one for a conservative in 2007.

No, not women -- okay, he went with one of the obvious ones. Homosexuals.

Now, at this point, I can hear you all screaming, "Wait a second, didn't the Nazis put homosexuals into prisons and concentration camps? Didn't they castrate a number of them? Wasn't homosexuality abhorrent to the image of the virile Aryan man?" Well, yeah, sure, but if you think a little thing like facts will get in the way of Jonah making a vile smear, you haven't been paying attention.

No, you see, the Nazis were not actually against homosexuality -- they thought it was swell:
Nazi attitudes toward homosexuality are a source of confusion. While it is true that some homosexuals were sent to concentration camps, it is also the case that the early Nazi Party and the constellation of Pan-German organizations in its orbit were rife with homosexuals.

It’s well-known, for example, that Ernst Rohm, the head of the SA, and his coterie were homosexuals, and openly so. When jealous members of the SA tried to use this fact against him in 1931, Hitler had to remonstrate that Rohm’s homosexuality was “purely in the private sphere.” Some try to suggest that Rohm was murdered on the Night of the Long Knives because he was gay. But the Rohm posted the greatest threat to Hitler’s consolidation of power because they were, in important respects, the most ardent and “revolutionary” Nazis.

Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams write in The Pink Swastika that “the National Socialist revolution and the Nazi party were animated and dominated by militaristic homosexuals, pederasts, pornographers, and sadomasochists.” This is surely an overstatement. But it is nonetheless true that the artistic and literary movements provided the oxygen for Nazism before 1933 were chockablock with homosexual liberationist tracts, clubs and journals.

Now, let me interject here to note that quoting from The Pink Swastika to support your argument that the Nazis were all homosexuals is like citing The Turner Diaries to support your argument about race relations. It's a hate book. A vile smear, one that seeks, through rumor and innuendo, to tie homosexuality to Nazism. Bringing it up, even to pooh-pooh it as an "overstatement," is a flat admission that one is a homophobe and a bigot of the highest order.

As Steve Benen points out, it's not like there's any controversy about what the Nazis actually thought of homosexuality:
The Nazi campaign against homosexuality targeted the more than one million German men who, the state asserted, carried a “degeneracy” that threatened the “disciplined masculinity” of Germany. Denounced as “antisocial parasites” and as “enemies of the state,” more than 100,000 men were arrested under a broadly interpreted law against homosexuality. Approximately 50,000 men served prison terms as convicted homosexuals, while an unknown number were institutionalized in mental hospitals. Others — perhaps hundreds — were castrated under court order or coercion. Analyses of fragmentary records suggest that between 5,000 and 15,000 homosexual men were imprisoned in concentration camps, where many died from starvation, disease, exhaustion, beatings, and murder.

By attempting to tie Nazism to homosexuality, Jonah places himself squarely in the camp of Holocaust denialists. Up to now, his desperate attempts to redefine fascism as liberalism has been funny, but this is not. This is sick, and Goldberg should be ashamed of himself.

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