One erstwhile political candidate came under fire yesterday for making an apparent comparison between supporters of Ashers bakery and the Nazis.
Adam Murray – who stood for NI21 last May in Castlereagh South and works for gay counselling group Cara-Friend – sent out a message via the website Twitter depicting an image of one of Hitler’s mass rallies.
The accompanying text read: “Massive rally held in Belfast in support of the right to discriminate against minorities.”
On Wednesday, a massive rally had been held in the city’s Waterfront Hall in support of the bakery, prior to the much-anticipated court case.
The message prompted critical comments, as well as one supportive of the view.
One user, Cahir O’Doherty (@randomirish) wrote: “Indiana are about to make anti-gay discrimination legal. The DUP want to do likewise. Ashers is just the start of a campaign.”
Stephen Andrews (@stephen82754737) wrote: “Losing the argument [bringing] in the Nazis, putting very bad taste in the cake mix Adam.”
Peter Lynas of the Evangelical Alliance last night said: “It’s very unwise, what some people do on Twitter, and that seems to be the case with this one. I don’t see any parallel [with the Nazis].”
He added that many of those backing the Equality Commission in the case recognised there is a debate to be had.
He said: “There really is a genuine debate here, and it could be quite a good debate, about what does freedom look like in a healthy, democratic society, and what are the limits?”