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by Jeremy Hooper

Perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center was a little too quick to remove the Illinois Family Institute from a certain list:

By Laurie Higgins, IFI DSA | Illinois Family Institute
What is alarming about the account of the German Evangelical Church's reprehensible failure [in combating Hitler] is its similarity to the ongoing disheartening story of the contemporary American church's failure to respond appropriately to the spread of radical, heretical, destructive views of homosexuality. Don't we today see church leaders self-censoring out of fear of losing their positions or their church members? Don't we see churches criticizing those who boldly confront the efforts of homosexual activists to propagandize children and undermine the church's teaching on homosexuality? Aren't the calls of the capitulating German Christians for "a more reasonable tone" and a commitment to "honor different views" exactly like the calls of today's church to be tolerant and honor "diversity"? Don't pastors justify their silence by claiming they fear losing their tax-exempt status (i.e. government assistance)? Don't they rationalize inaction by claiming that speaking out will prevent them from saving souls?

What is even more reprehensible in America, however, is that church leaders don't currently face loss of livelihood, imprisonment, exile, or death, as they did in Germany, and yet they remain silent.

The church's failure to respond adequately to the relentless and ubiquitous promulgation of profoundly sinful ideas reveals an unbiblical doubt in the sovereignty of God; an unconscionable refusal to protect children; a willful ignorance of history; and a selfish unwillingness to experience the persecution and hatred that God has promised the followers of Christ that we will experience and that we should consider joy.
*KEEP READING: Church Should Fight Homosexuality Like It Did Nazism [Opposing Views]

As a student of history, I'm offended.

As a gay student of history, I'm disturbed.

As a gay student of history who's married to a Jewish man (and who had a bona fide Holocaust survivor at my recent wedding), I'm beyond appalled.

As a human being, I'm thoroughly sickened.

Laurie Higgins has once again shown her and the IFI's true colors. Those colors run a particularly vicious strain of red.


**UPDATE: Laurie has attempted to "explain." If you ask us, it's just as bad (if not worse, since she can't even stand by her own words): Laurie's attempted pardon rings Hollow, costly [G-A-Y]

**SEE ALSO: Our complete Laurie Higgins archive

***SEE ALSO, ALSO: Take action: Family Group Compares Homosexuality to Nazism [Change.org]

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Your thoughts

Self-censoring for fear of retribution? Unlikely. Self-censoring because the faith community in Europe is shrinking rapidly and they need every congregant they can get to maintain some shred of relevancy? Much more likely.

Laura must live in an imaginary world where religious leaders aren't also savvy businessmen trying to ensure that money coming in from congregants exceeds the cost of maintaining the house of worship and its services.

Posted by: Dave | Jul 28, 2009 12:02:18 PM

It's impossible to argue with this. Meaning, there's a paradigm shift that needs to occur before argument is even possible. Disgusting.

Posted by: Brian | Jul 28, 2009 12:17:47 PM

As a member and volunteer of the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles, I am offended too.
As a human being committed to justice and equality for all, Higgin's article is crass and insane.

Homosexuals were ALSO victims of the Nazis...and continue to be the victims of casual, anti gay intimidation and violence SINCE the Holocaust.
Even gay children have been brutalized simply for being who and what they are.
Like Sakia Gunn and Lawrence King...to name just a few.

The IFI is extremely irresponsible for fomenting such as Higgins expresses.
Real lives are compromised, even lost. And as far as I can tell, it's not the people whom she believes require protection.

If she considers marrying a loved one, caring for children who have been abandoned, or committing in any way to productive citizenship as akin to Nazism...her insanity shouldn't be allowed such virulence.
It's that simple.

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Jul 28, 2009 12:20:04 PM

I wrote about this yesterday...it's totally crazy. We put up an action alert, too, at gayrights.change.org for folks to contact the Crowne Plaza O'Hare, a Chicago hotel that's hosting a conference by the Illinois Family Institute in October 2009. We're asking the hotel - especially in the wake of this comparison of LGBT people to nazis - to not let the IFI meet on their facilities. Crazy.

Posted by: Michael Jones | Jul 28, 2009 12:50:33 PM

Thanks,Michael. Added a link.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 28, 2009 1:13:53 PM

Oh THAT Laurie Higgins; I found her creepy in the previous threads, but she's vaulted right to sickening with that piece of work.

"A willful ignorance of history" is a flaw she's seeing in OTHERS?!

Posted by: PM | Jul 28, 2009 2:12:09 PM

Ms. Higgins is getting decidedly worse compared to my correspondence with her a couple years ago. The sky in her world must be a totally different colour, as Brian suggests.

I don't know whether to be disgusted or sick - maybe a bit of both. At least she's not around kids anymore at the Deerfield school.


Posted by: dave b | Jul 28, 2009 2:12:27 PM

"Ms. Higgins is getting decidedly worse compared to my correspondence with her a couple years ago."

Everyon I talk to says the same thing, Dave. Several of us who have dealt with her over the years have seen a drastic change.

The focus of my recent piece was how my correspondence with Laurie is always so majorly different than this public vitriol. But another angle would certainly be on the devolution of even her public hit pieces.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 28, 2009 2:16:15 PM

With recent losses, they must see the need to "ratchet up the rhetoric" to state it in Bushian prose. You have to wonder, though, if this will serve them well. I mean, they've been ringing the same bell for decades, but now (even given the fact that it hasn't worked very well), they are just slamming the clapper harder. Of course they don't have any other arguments to fall back on, plus the fear and loathing angle feels pretty comfortable to them. Could we be seeing the beginning of their "last hurrah"?

Public opinion is turning against them. Even their own are leaving the pack in droves. The economy is probably sting their pocket books pretty mightily. And Obama's reformation of the "faith based initiatives" is further hampering their funding starved factions. Their party has lost the last two national elections. Many of their "great" leaders have been dumped, or have chosen to bail (some have been jailed).

They could whimper away, but that isn't likely. Instead, they are becoming more and more vitriolic, louder, and more dangerous. Sounds a lot like a wounded animal that has been backed into a corner, fighting with every last ounce of strength to stave off the inevitable. Or, maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 28, 2009 3:50:56 PM

Outrageous! Who does she think she is going to convince with this? She is essentially calling churches (potential allies?) who are not as strident as she thinks they should be "Nazi sympathizers". Talk about alienating both sides of the issue. Creative history rewriting aside, how stupid could she be? I don't see how this convinces anyone to come to the aid of her organization.

Posted by: DanM | Jul 28, 2009 5:26:14 PM

Well, the same orgs, like FRC and so on deliberately drove a wedge between blacks and gay people over calling the struggle of gay folks a civil rights issue.
This was a way of fomenting offense in blacks over the term. But the reality is the parallels are real, one only has to look and not that closely. It all passes scrutiny.
However, why wouldn't Jews take great offense at THIS sort of tripe?
Jews, blacks and gays have more in common with how they've been treated by the dominant culture than this unbelievable suggestion she's making.

And the most important fact of all: regardless of if one of their number dies violently. Even when gay children are stabbed to death or executed in their own classrooms or abandoned by their own families, gay people respond with legal due process. Peaceful protest and rallies, accessing the courts and compassionate integration.
THIS is also a serious parallel to how gays have responded to abuse, similar to that of blacks and Jews.

Gay people in general have not organized to commit acts of violence. Make bombs, arm themselves with guns, even in self defense when congregating together.

They hate the comparison to being black or Jewish, but make comparisons to pedophiles, murderers and Nazis.

However ludicrous, Laurie Higgins must count on her supporters to be THAT stupid and THAT cowardly and THAT ignorant not to know the difference and challenge her crap.

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Jul 28, 2009 7:45:23 PM

Deep down she must know she's stretching the limits of hyperbole here. Once you compare your opponent to the Nazis, there really isn't anywhere else you can go.

Has the SPLC been notified of this?

Posted by: Marcus | Jul 28, 2009 9:00:46 PM

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