An author of a book claiming that the Holocaust was orchestrated by gay men who ran the Nazi has gained enough support to appear on a GOP ballot for the Massachusetts gubernatorial primaries.
Scott Lively, who has previously called for the criminalization of homosexuality and abortion, will challenge incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker in Massachusetts’ September primary.
Lively wrote a 1995 book, titled “The Pink Swastika,” in which he claims that the Nazi party was controlled by “militaristic” homosexuals who inspired the murder of around 6 million European Jews, a claim that has been widely debunked by historians.
When they took power in 1933, the Nazis began to persecute German male homosexuals. Persecution ranged from the dissolution of homosexual organizations to internment in concentration camps.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum notes:
The Nazis persecuted homosexuals as part of their so-called moral crusade to racially and culturally purify Germany. Gay men were targeted for persecution because they were viewed to be carriers of a “contagion” that weakened society and did not contribute to the desired growth of the “Aryan” population” Between 1933 and 1945, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested for violating Nazi Germany’s law against homosexuality, and of these, approximately 50,000 were sentenced to prison. An estimated 5,000 to 15,000 men were sent to concentration camps on similar charges, where an unknown number of them perished.
Lively is also the founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, an anti-LGBT group which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The hate group leader states on his campaign website that “abortion is the intentional killing of a living human being and should be criminalized.”
He added that he “would work to ensure that it carried a serious penalty for anyone who deliberately and with premeditation kills an unborn child.”
Despite his troubling record, he received support from 626 of the more than 2,000 delegates at the Massachusetts Republican Party Convention, almost double the 15 percent required to get on the ballot, reports Newsweek.
“When you’ve got the nation’s most popular governor at the top of the ballot, certainly it’s strange that Scott Lively would be able to get from the Republican conventiongoers that kind of support and that kind of a vote,” Massachusetts political consultant Anthony Cignoli told Mass Live. “Did these conventiongoers, these delegates, go there specifically for him; was this an effort that was orchestrated and to the credit of his campaign? Or is this indicative of what the base of the Republican party regulars are?”