A parliamentary candidate in Northern Ireland has claimed to have “proof” that gay people are 40 times more likely to abuse children than the general population.
Susan Anne White, who is standing in West Tyrone in Northern Ireland, last week unveiled her “biblically correct” manifesto.
The candidate pledges to, among other things: “Oppose the LGBT agenda, whilst showing compassion to those who struggle with gender confusion.
“Oppose the redefinition of marriage and uphold Biblical man/woman marriage…. Ban gay pride parades and recriminalise homosexuality… Stop the State funding of LGBT organisations.”
Speaking at an election debate in Omagh on Tuesday, White defended former DUP Health Minister Jim Wells, who resigned earlier this week after claiming that children of gay parents are “more likely” to be abused.
At the debate, White said: “In the main, what Jim Wells said was correct and I can prove it.
“Are you interested in the truth? Is anybody interested in the truth?”
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After being booed, White continued: “Studies have shown that homosexuals are 40 times more likely than the general populace to abuse children”, and a fellow candidate placed his head in his hands.
Naming three individual cases of child abuse by gay people, White was then asked by the host whether she had Googled straight abuse, White said: “The question we are discussing at the moment is not about heterosexual abuse.
“Heterosexuals can abuse children. Because the heart of man is depraved. Of course heterosexuals can and have abused children, but the subject we are discussing here are the comments made by Jim Wells. Keep on topic!”
Also in White’s manifesto were pledges to “oppose the Islamification of British culture”, “make adultery a punishable offence” and “restore corporal punishment to schools”.
The candidate told the Belfast Telegraph: “It is society that has moved. Not so far in the past, most people would have shared my views.
“My views only seem extreme because society has moved away from God’s principles.”
Ms White, who has been branded ‘UKIP on steroids’, added: “I believe in a God who can work miracles but, realistically speaking, I don’t think I will win.
“My concern is not so much with winning, it is with trying, and to try is not to fail.
“In standing I have a wider platform than I would if I did not stand, and many people will hear the Biblical message and principles.”