Radio host and front man for anti-gay ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International hosted Byran Fischer of the American Family Association, a group which has been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “hate group.” Dean and Fischer argued the case that “homosexuals” were responsible for the rise of the Nazi party in pre-WWII Germany and, by extension, the Holocaust.

Dean has had close associations with Minnesota politicians including Rep. Michele Bachmann and Fischer hosted former Gov. Tim Pawlenty on his radio show in January.

American people don’t know “the connection between homosexuality and the rise of the Nazi party,” Fischer said. “Hitler himself was a active homosexual… a gay prostitute. ”

“[The homosexuals] were willing to do things that he could not get straight soldiers to do in terms of brutality,” he added. “The myth out there is that the Nazi party persecuted homosexuals and it is true that they did but what they did was went after the effeminate homosexuals.”

Dean added, “I’m going to high five everything you are saying.”

Fischer continued, “You can really say the Nazi party would not have been possible without the homosexuals in the Brownshirts.”

“I’m not saying that the homosexuals are directly responsible for the Holocaust but I think it’s indisputable that there would not have been the Nazi party without the stormtroopers, all of whom were homosexual, and the holocaust would not have happened without the Nazi party, so the dots there are pretty easy to connect.”

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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