Think of all the policies der Fuehrer outlined in his book, Mein Kampf. Where do you think “flying a rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride over the city hall of Asheville, North Carolina” would rank? According to former City Councilman Carl Mumpower and former chairman of the GOP Buncombe County, Chad Nesbitt, it’s apparently near the top of the list.
To celebrate U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr.’s striking down of North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer made the decision to fly the rainbow flag over city hall. And according the two local GOP functionaries — Mumpower and Nesbitt — this action was something that Adolf Hitler would’ve done.
They also compared it to the rise of Nazism, just in case you were wondering just how far outside of “Rational, Zip Code: Reality” these men were. In a joint statement, Mumpower and Nesbitt said that:
There is a reason that North Carolina instructs local elected bodies to handle their affairs in an open and deliberative way. Otherwise, they would be free, such as in this case, to indulge their personal feelings and conduct business behind closed doors and over private phone lines.
But I’m sure it would be different had they chosen to fly a Christian flag (of course it would’ve; that would’ve been a violation of Church and State). Mumpower added that:
I am equating their methods with the Nazi movement. They are indifferent to the rule of law and indifferent to the vote of the people. And that’s Adolph Hitler [sic] all over again in a different disguise.
City Council member Gordon Smith said that the council informally approved the gesture, in recognition of “a momentous time in our history.” Manheimer added that the city council eventually approved the gesture unanimously, saying “I recognize that people have different views on these issues, and I’m sensitive to that.”
Mumpower and a handful of protesters gathered at City Hall on Friday holding up. . . you guess it, a Christian flag.