A leaflet comparing gay people’s ‘alternative lifestyle’ to that of Hitler and the Yorkshire Ripper has been displayed at UKIP’s annual conference.
The leaflet entitled ‘Homosexuality – the real alternative’, was available on a stand this for the Support 4 The Family group at the conference in Torquay.
It was found on the day that the party elected its new leader – Henry Bolton.
The leaflet states: ‘The phrase “abusers of themselves with mankind” in the Bible… refers to the practice of homosexuality.
‘You may call it an “alternative lifestyle”, but this term is meaningless.
‘Everyone from Hitler to the Yorkshire Ripper could claim an alternative lifestyle that, to themselves, no doubt seemed quite natural and instinctive.
‘The question is whether homosexuality is a legitimate alternative. God says it is not.’
UKIP did not write the leaflet.
Instead it was brought to Torquay by Raymond Stewart, who described himself as the Belfast representative for Support 4 The Family, reported the Mirror.
Asked about the comparison he told the newspaper that LGBT rights were being ‘foisted on our schools’.
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He added: ‘The problem is Christians in the UK, especially in Northern Ireland, are being marginalised because they dare to believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.’
Away from the leaflet controversy, Bolton later won the leadership vote.
The former soldier, 54, saw off a challenge from anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters and won with 30% of the vote.
He is the party’s fourth leader in just over a year.
Bolton said: ‘Brexit is our core task.’
UKIP’s support has slumped since the Brexit vote in 2016.
Around the time of the referendum it was polling at 19 per cent, now it has fallen to around four per cent according to opinion polls.