Bryan Fischer, the anti-LGBTQ commentator for the American Family Association, continues to spout a wackadoodle conspiracy theory about the gay origins of Nazism.
"Let's not forget that the Nazi Party started in a gay bar," Fischer said Tuesday on his American Family Radio Focal Point radio show; he even claimed to know the city. "The Nazi Party started in a gay bar in Munich, Germany."
Fischer has previously espoused a theory that Hitler and his confidants were gay, and he claimed Tuesday that only "a hard-core homosexual" could ascend in the Third Reich.
"Without exception, the officers in Hitler's private army were homosexuals," Fischer said. "You had no chance of advancing through the ranks unless you were a hard-core homosexual."
In reality, gay people were persecuted in Nazi Germany and were among the marginalized groups sent to concentration camps. While Fischer acknowledged that gay men were killed in the Holocaust, he claimed that it was only feminine men who were targeted.
"The ones that the Nazis sent to concentration camps were effeminate homosexuals," he said. "They believed in the Greek homosexual idea. The muscular, masculine male homosexual. And in fact, in a lot of homosexual circles, they will dress up in Nazi gear as kind of reminiscent of how the entire Nazi Party got started."
A spokesperson for GLAAD, an LGBTQ media watchdog, was quick to slam Fischer's "bizarre and laughable rhetoric about LGBTQ people."
"Any listeners, especially those who may have LGBTQ children, family, or coworkers, should recognize that Fischer is someone who earns a paycheck for spouting anger about the existence of LGBTQ people and that he's willing to say anything to get attention in a world that is growing tired of his fringe commentary about LGBTQ families," the spokesperson said.
In December, Fischer's language also conflated LGBTQ people with Nazis. He said the Hallmark Channel's decision to air ads featuring same-sex weddings was a result of pressure from the "gay gestapo." The ads had been opposed by One Million Moms, which is part of the AFA, a virulently anti-LGBTQ organization is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Listen to Fischer's rant below.