Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated Liberty Counsel, a litigation organization dedicated to ‘advancing religious freedom’, an anti-LGBTI hate group. Its founder — and Kim Davis’ attorney — Mat Staver compared it to how Jewish people were treated in Nazi Germany.
Davis, you’ll recall, refused to serve marriage licenses to same-sex couples as a Kentucky county clerk in 2015. Staver’s organization defended Davis in pursuit of their evangelical beliefs.
While that controversy ended with Davis being jailed, the discrimination continues.
During an interview with VCY America’s Crosswalk, Staver addressed his company being labeled a hate group. By drawing a comparison to Jews in the Holocaust.
When asked how far this ‘persecution’ would go, Staver responded ‘we’ve got to push back, it cannot happen like this’.
He then continued: ‘You know, if you go back into the 1930s, what ultimately happened back then with the Jews — and history, you know, there’s other histories you can point to — but they began to ultimately ban Jews from public employment, then ban Jews from their private employment, then put a Star of David on their ID and a Star of David on their passport, restrict their travel, restrict their income opportunity.
‘Eventually you know what happened.’
A dangerous observation
This is not the first time he’s made this comparison.
Shortly after the Kim Davis debacle, he said his client, similarly, was like a Jew in the Holocaust.
He also defended his organization as being non-violent and discussed SPLC’s disagreeing opinions: ‘They [SPLC] know that they [Liberty Counsel and other groups] are Christian organizations, and they know that they oppose any kind of hatred or violence. They just don’t agree with us on the issue of marriage.’
It’s important to point out on SPLC’s website they have never described Liberty Counsel as violent. Instead, they label them as ‘a legal organization advocating for anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of religious liberty’.
In a time when white supremacists and neo-Nazis are becoming an increasingly startlingly presence, comments like these are understandably controversial and alarming.