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10/24/2012

Brad Brandon's offensive, responsibility-shirking statement

by Jeremy Hooper

-- I was taken "out of context."

-- "I understand why people found it to be offensive," placing the burden on the ear and not the mouth.

-- "I never stated or meant to imply that [LGBT equality supporters] are somehow equivalent to the Nazis"—even though that is something he pretty much did and has certainly been known to do in the past:

(click to play audio clip)

Those are just some responsibility-shirking highlights. Here's Brad Brandon's full statement about the extremism he just publicly connected to the so-called Minnesota For Marriage campaign:

“My recent public comments that religious liberty is frequently the first casualty of those who seek to impose a political agenda are being taken out of context and used by opponents of marriage to make me, and our campaign to preserve marriage, seem to be extreme.

I never stated or meant to imply that those who oppose Amendment 1, the marriage protection amendment, are somehow equivalent to the Nazis who targeted communities of faith to suppress their voice, often through murder. In fact, I specifically made clear that nobody on either side of this debate was acting like Nazis.

Still, it was a terrible mistake to even mention Nazism in an attempt to illustrate my point, and I fully understand why many found it to be offensive. I sincerely apologize for making this very inapt reference. In no way was I attempting to equate the marriage debate with Nazism and I profoundly apologize to anyone who felt that was my objective.”

Pastor Brad Brandon
Dir. of Church Outreach
Minnesota For Marriage

They can't ever just apologize. They can't ever just be wrong. The campaigns won't ever just distance themselves from these extreme voices, likely because they fear alienating many of the folks who they need to rally if they want to pass this thing.

It's all coming to light. After so many years of covering this stuff, I'm finally seeing dots of connection rise up among even casual viewers. It's both an awesome change in the scenery, as well as a fantastic validation of the work that has gotten us from there to here.

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