Once again, a member America's fundamentalist authoritarian fringe has attempted to compare himself to something that should otherwise be regarded as a poetic contrast.
This is a typical habit of compulsive liars which has been demonstrated many times on this column, such as by Ted Yoho comparing the fight to kill the Affordable Care Act to the 1960s civil rights movement, Glenn Beck and Kris Kobach comparing immigration reform supporters to the KKK, to Bryan Fischer constantly insisting that gay rights are turning America into Nazi Germany.
The latest to try to package bigotry with a contrasting comparison is David E. Smith of the Illinois Family Institute, a state affiliate of the devoutly anti-gay hate group the American Family Association.
In a fundraising email sent out today, Smith warned that if anti-gay activists fail to stop marriage equality legislation in Illinois, "America will collapse" like Sodom and Gomorrah, and Smith compared his own fight against the "evil agenda" of gay rights to that of American soldiers in World War II.
"We should be inspired to defend marriage with the same courage, conviction, tenacity, and sacrifice that the greatest generation fought to defend American principles and to honor their fallen," he writes. "If we don't stop the enemy from achieving his goal of destroying the family, there won’t be any monuments to visit."
Lost in Smith's entirley self-indulgent revelry is the fact that his comparison would only be even remotely accurate if applied in reverse.
Unlike the Nazis, members of the LGBT community are not invading all of their neighbors homes to try to force all of them to be gay too. And Smith isn't valiantly storming the beaches to stop this atrocity; he's targeting LGBTs in their own homes.
There is nothing courageous about imposing religious beliefs upon another as law, and no matter how much smoke David E. Smith manages to blow up his own pants, that will never change.