Manchester Pride slammed as ‘a parade of depravity’ by group calling itself Christian Soldiers UKIP

The annual event has been attacked in an article published by church-going UKIP supporters

MANCHESTER’S world famous Pride parade is ‘depraved’ and features ‘a great deal of vulgarity and wickedness’, according to an article published by church-going UKIP supporters.

Christian backers of the anti-EU party ran a magazine piece condemning the ‘sodomites’ taking part in the annual carnival-style march through the city.

The report also says parents should ‘be bothered’ about kids being taught by gay teachers.

The astonishing homophobic rant was launched in a regular newsletter issued by Christian Soldiers UKIP, which is the self-proclaimed ‘Christian Fellowship of the UK Independence Party Fighting through Christ for deliverance from EU tyranny’.

Party leader Nigel Farage previously wrote for the magazine, urging supporters to ‘follow our consciences’.

The piece published in one of Christian Soldiers’ regular updates to supporters launched a blistering attack on last summer’s Manchester gay pride event.

Under the headline ‘Homosexual Teachers Mock Christians at the Manchester ‘gay’ march!’, it says: “Thousands of people proclaiming their pride in their depravity paraded through the streets watched by multiple thousands of supporters applauding the display of wickedness and seeking to drown out the voices of the few crying in the wilderness.”

Anti-gay Christians campaigned against the colourful march, which included floats from Greater Manchester Police and teaching unions.

The article, in the third issue of 2014, says one of the National Union of Teachers’ members told a protester: “We teach your children.”

The piece adds: “One wonders how many Christians who send their children to state schools are bothered by this. Well they ought to be!”

It goes on to urge readers to boycott companies which sent floats to the parade – and claims two supporters were refused service at a coffee shop because of their opposition to the parade.

“There are those who say that we shouldn’t be witnessing at these events because they are given over to God to this vice,” the newsletter says.

“While this is undoubtedly true of many it is not true of all because homosexuals are being converted.”

It claims the “New Sodom is being largely unopposed and are intent, as I have repeatedly warned, of enforcing their agenda upon all.”

Magazine editor Elizabeth Ann Biddulph said “a great many” copies of the newsletter were distributed, and defended her decision to publish the piece, which was sent to her by a protester at the march.

“We are Christians and many Christians don’t believe that gay marriage is the right way to go, and that homosexuality is sinful,” she told the Mirror.

“We have a duty to speak out, otherwise if we remain silent then we too are condemned.”

Mrs Biddulph, who has been a UKIP member for ‘quite some time’, insisted homosexuality was ‘sinful to God’ and stood by her decision to publish the piece.

“I don’t regret it because as a Christian I believe homosexuality is wrong. We should have free speech and the right to speak out,” she added.

Mrs Biddulph denied UKIP was homophobic and stressed the newsletter was published by Christian Soldiers UKIP, whose logo features the ‘shield of faith’ and ‘sword of truth’, rather than the party.

Christian Soldiers UKIP had a stall at last year’s party spring conference in Torquay, and at the autumn rally in Doncaster, it hosted a Friday morning fringe discussion titled: “Christian Soldiers: Religion in Politics – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Mr Farage wrote for the magazine last year highlighting the importance of speaking out.

“We must not stop speaking the truth and following our consciences – when we stop doing that and give up on our principles, that is when everything is lost,” he wrote in a magazine piece for the group which was also posted on UKIP Essex’s website.

“Under UKIP, we will ensure everyone has the right to speak out without fear of persecution for following their consciences and their principles.”

The newsletter featuring the anti-gay tirade also features a bizarre prayer praising God for delivering UKIP by-election victories last year – giving the party its first two elected MPs.

It says: “Our Gracious Heavenly father, we thank you for the success that you have granted to UKIP in the resent(sic) by-elections.

“We now lift Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless before your Throne of Grace and ask you to watch over them and those that they love.”

A UKIP spokesman said: “These groups are authorised but not official, they are mechanisms for members with shared interests to associate but have no official role or status. They do not represent the party or its policies.

“This leaflet was recently brought to our attention. Authorised groups are not allowed to invent UKIP policy, and we do not consider that this leaflet is of an acceptable standard to be associated with the UKIP brand.”

From The Manchester Evening News . Report by Ben Glaze. 03.02.15

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