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Police launch door-to-door investigation after ‘horrifying’ homophobic comic books pushed through letterboxes

Emma Powys Maurice July 28, 2020
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Police are launching door-to-door enquiries after homophobic hate mail was posted to Bristol residents. (Getty)

Police are carrying out door-to-door enquiries to collect “abhorrent” homophobic pamphlets that were delivered to residences in Bristol.

Officials are investigating after extreme anti-LGBT+ cartoons listing homosexuality alongside incest, bestiality and child sacrifice were pushed through letterboxes in the suburb of Redland and possibly other parts of the city on Saturday (July 18).

“We have received a report about offensive material being distributed in the Redland area in recent days, an Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson told Bristol Live.

“House-to-house enquiries are being undertaken as part of an ongoing investigation.”

The “Home Alone” comic warns of the dangers of homosexual “brainwashing” through TV, news and films, and teaches readers how to reject calls for tolerance towards the “perverted” LGBT+ community.

The pamphlet claims that gay people aren’t born gay but are “brought into the homosexual world” through an act of rape or abuse.

It also devotes several pages to the horrors of AIDS, described as a plague “spread primarily by promiscuous gay men”, and claims that “gays are desperate to hide this fact”.

Police are seeking to determine who distributed the offensive material, which is published by an American company called Chick Publications.

“I’ve never read anything so horrifying in my life. It’s really quite graphic and attacking,” one resident, named Izzy, told the local paper.

“It doesn’t state on the front what it is about so you don’t know what you’re about to be exposed to — it feels quite deceptive. That’s probably the most dangerous part.

“When I opened it, I felt quite uncomfortable in our own home.”

The American company, which publishes “gospel cartoon tracts,” confirmed to Bristol Live that the “Home Alone” pamphlet is one of its tracts.

A spokesperson said the publication “utilises information from history and the Bible” in order to guide people to heaven.

“We love people of all kinds. Only love warns everyone of our coming judgement,” they said in a statement.

“Because we love all kinds of people, we publish material warning them all of God’s coming judgement, so they can turn to Him and be saved.”

Anyone with information about the booklets can contact police via the force’s website, or by calling 101, quoting the reference number 5220162434.

More: Bristol, Christianity, religious homophobia

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