Political candidate’s comparison between Ashers supporters and Nazis under fire

Crowds of Ashers bakery's supporters who were unable to get into the Waterfront stood outside instead and sang hymns
Crowds of Ashers bakery's supporters who were unable to get into the Waterfront stood outside instead and sang hymns
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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?”