With a referendum due in Ireland in May on the issue of same-sex marriage, campaigning between opposing factions is intensifying.
Although early opinion polls estimated that 70% of the country supported equal marriage, in the last fortnight, several Government politicians have said that the vote could me much closer than previously anticipated, and that LGBT campaigners cannot afford to be complacent.
Now, in a controversial twist that has set Twitter alight, a Christian group has found itself widely mocked for producing pamphlets encouraging people to vote against same-sex marriage.
Why? Because, according to the group’s literature, children must be protected from ‘the sounds of sodomy’.
In the pamphlet, titled ‘Should children be exposed to the sounds of sodomy?’, the group says that, ‘it’s time for Christians of conscience to examine the dire consequences for the innocent if homosexuals are given access to the sacrament of marriage.’
‘At this very moment the liberal agenda conspires to undermine God’s Word and is drafting a law to allow homosexuals to adopt children. Should children be exposed to this beastly obsession with unholy acts? Should the sounds of sodomy echo in the halls of a Christian home?’
The leaflets were reportedly handed out yesterday in Dublin.
It is not known which Christian group produced the pamphlet, or even if it was, in fact, the work of one determined individual. However, the pamphlet elicited a huge backlash on social media, with #soundsofsodomy briefly trending on Twitter.
— Steve Conlon (@stevenconlon) January 5, 2015
— DÃ³nal Mulligan (@donalmulligan) January 5, 2015
— #SinisterfringeCMC (@TheMandalorian1) January 5, 2015
If nothing else, that #soundsofsodomy leaflet confirms that no-one imagines gay sex quite as vividly as homophobes.
— Steve Greer (@stevegreer) January 5, 2015
— Jeremy Hoad (@jeremyhoad) January 6, 2015
— Dave Kitching (@davekitching) January 6, 2015
Should children be exposed to sounds of homophobia ? #soundsofsodomy
— Didier Garguilo (@hey_did_g) January 6, 2015
— Seamus Dever (@seamusdever) January 5, 2015
— Paul Reynolds (@PaulFedayn) January 5, 2015