One-hundred thousand. That is the number of gay men arrested in Nazi Germany by the Gestapo. As many as 15,000 found themselves in concentration camps, wearing a pink triangle badge alongside those yellow stars.

After the war, most were forced to serve the balance of their prison terms. The Nazi anti-gay law remained on the books in West Germany until 1969.

Unlike imagined yellow crosses, these were real pink triangles.

The Civil Rights Act of 1871 is interesting. Today, is used to sue for money when a group feels discriminated against. It was requested by President Grant to allow the U.S. Army a legal basis to battle the Klan and other white supremacist groups terrorizing African Americans after the Civil War. It was later used to prosecute the Mississippi burning murders of civil rights workers.

Their murders led to the first hate crime legislation. In 2017, there were 1,470 hate crimes with an LBGTQ target. Hate crimes against Protestants that year? 40.

Mr. Monforton did not use Brown vs. the Board of Education. Brown looked at the stigma of discrimination, declaring that the stigma it creates is inherently unequal and a violation of the constitutional rights of those discriminated against.

Unfortunately, the FCA rules, which stigmatize LBGTQ persons, clearly falls afoul of this.

An African American could still join the Klan, but the rules make their view of you crystal clear.

If the club’s charter stated that Christians were unwelcome unless they gave up their religion, and the school allowed them to broadcast over the intercom, assigned faculty advisors, etc., I suspect Mr. Monforton would be equally upset. Perhaps even demanding the school ban the program!

Of course, then he might understand what it means to be part of a marginalized group.

Josh Covington

Bozeman