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'Pink Swastika' author's Oklahoma City visit stirs coalition's ire

Author Scott Lively's planned visit to Draper Park Christian Church in Oklahoma City has drawn opposition from a coalition of advocacy groups.
by Carla Hinton Published: April 27, 2012

Lively said “The Pink Swastika” (Veritas Aeterna Press, 1995), which he co-wrote with Kevin Abrams, is an attempt to present a historically accurate picture of the involvement of homosexuals in the development of the Nazi party.

He said that, before the book's publication, some individuals had made what he called exaggerated claims about the persecution of homosexuals under the Nazi regime.

He said he stands by the information in “The Pink Swastika” as researched facts. He said the book states that the Nazi Party had its roots in the German homosexual movement and also states that some homosexuals were persecuted, and between 5,000 and 15,000 homosexuals died in Nazi work camps.

Meanwhile, speakers at Thursday's news conference included Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations; Nathaniel Batchelder, a representative of the Central Oklahoma Human Rights Alliance; and Kathy McCallie, senior pastor of Church of the Open Arms. Other local leaders who attended as part of the coalition included Garland Pruitt with the Oklahoma City NAACP and the Rev. Robin Meyers, senior pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church UCC.

Hamilton, who also serves as associate pastor at Church of the Open Arms, said a time of reflective prayer featuring Besen as guest speaker will be held at Church of the Open Arms on Friday, at the same time as Lively's presentation at Draper Park Christian Church.

Hamilton's Cimarron Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy and education on behalf of Oklahoma's gay, lesbian and transgender community.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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