A blog on the website of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has compared gay people to the Borg, an evil cyborg collective from Star Trek.

The blog post, in which gay people were also compared to fascists, was written by Dan Calabrese, who describes himself as ‘editor-in-chief’ of Cain’s website.

Cain stood as a candidate for the Republican nomination in 2012, but suspended his campaign due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

According to Right Wing Watch, Calabrese wrote: “You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

“The gay rights movement does not want to allow free speech if it means anyone can raise doubts about their cause. Why? Because the points raised in dissent are compelling.

“They are generally based on biblical principles that the people of God will never abandon no matter how much the secular world tries to argue them into doing so. That means they only acceptable situation is to have no dissent and no discussion.

“The essence of fascism is the stifling of dissent. You might argue that the term doesn’t apply here because the power of government isn’t the driving force behind it.

“I would tell you that’s irrelvant [sic]. The tactics of fascism are the same regardless of who is weilding [sic] the power. What matters is that they have the power and are willing to use it, and right now gay marriage activists have the power because they are able to scare the bejeezus out of just about everyone.”

In January, Star Trek reboot actor Chris Pine attacked Russia’s anti-gay laws as ‘archaic, hostile nonsense’