Police in Northern Ireland are on the hunt for whoever is responsible for the incendiary leaflets that have been distributed throughout Derry.
The leaflets claim homosexuals have the “longest child abuse record in history” and that Adolf Hitler used his “homosexual formation” the SS to “commit almost the whole Holocaust.”
The Rainbow Project, an LGBTQ rights group based in Northern Ireland, said the leaflets were being handed out by a local man who managed to later flee from police.
The pamphlet claims Hitler was “7:1” homosexual; the referendum on gay marriage had a spend ratio of 150:1 in favor of “the homosexual side” and that “the human mind was not designed for homosexuality.”
The letter is signed John Clerkin of Dublin, but whether that’s actually the name of the author can’t be confirmed.
John O’Doherty, director of The Rainbow Project, said:
These smears and outright lies about LGBT people, and particularly gay men, have long been peddled by the opponents of our community. Although these claims may appear outlandish, there will be nothing new about them to LGBT people, many of whom have constantly been made to feel that they represent the worst and most depraved aspects of humanity.
“These lies find succor in a society which, although slowly edging towards equality for LGBT people, still contains pervasive and damaging homophobic and transphobic attitudes.
“I was proud to participate in Holocaust Memorial Day last week to highlight the persecution of LGBT people by the Nazi state and to remember the up to 50,000 gay men who were brutally murdered in Nazi death camps. We also painfully remember that after the so-called liberation of the camps, many gay men were immediately imprisoned for the crime of being gay.
“There is no place in this society for those who would scapegoat LGBT people for the failings of others and who would peddle the myth that LGBT people are a threat to children. I want to personally thank the resident for having the courage to report this liar to the police and also to thank the police for accurately recording this as a hate incident.”
A PSNI spokesperson said: “The matter has been reported to police and inquiries are ongoing.”