Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) has a pattern of comparing modern America to Nazi Germany. Last year, he compared the anti-choice movement to ending both slavery and the Holocaust. And now, he's blaming the left on the rise of ISIS, who he thinks are just as bad as the Nazis.
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In a conversation with Pastor E.W. Jackson, the failed GOP candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia, Rep. Franks argued that ISIS will succeed because "the secular left" doesn't believe in a Christian America.
He starts off by explaining how the Nazi Party started off like ISIS, as they were "a bunch of idiots running across France in their brownshirts [who] had a horrific, evil intent but ... no capacity to do anybody any harm."
But since they were able to brainwash Germany, it led to World War II and the Holocaust. So he thinks that ISIS will be able to do the same.
"If somehow this ideology that they are putting forward begins to take root in the Islamic world of 1.3 billion people, the threat that that represents to Christianity and to the world is almost impossible for me to articulate," he said.
While ISIS is a terrorist organization, it's pretty rash to suggest that they're spreading because not all Americans want Christianity shoved down their throats.
"if our faith in this country is destroyed, then I believe that the very foundation of the nation is destroyed and America will be remembered rather than recognized in the present," he said.
So instead of attributing the rise of ISIS to Western interference in the Middle East, he's just going to blame it on people who believe in the separation of church and state. That's productive foreign policy.
Right Wing Watch notes that "Franks later claimed that there is currently a legal challenge to crosses in Arlington National Cemetery, but as many fact-checkers point out, such a lawsuit does not exist and is merely a rumor. A similar story of a lawsuit against religious symbols at a military cemetery originated from a satirical website."
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