A CONSERVATIVE Christian group based in Sydney has denied sending mail to Tasmanian households equating homosexuality with bestiality – despite the organisation’s name being visible on the posted material.
The leaflet, produced by little-known religious group the Australian Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), says: “if homosexual ‘marriage’ is accepted… what arguments are there to refuse subsequent steps such as incest, pedophilia, bestiality and other unnatural behaviour?”
After receiving the leaflet earlier this month, which Bell refers to as “hate mail”, he asked his neighbours if they had received similar deliveries. None had.
“I was literally sick,” said Bell, who performs as drag queen Raine.
“I was frightened because I didn’t know if I was being targeted.”
The envelope was postmarked Strathfield, a suburb 14 kilometres west of Sydney CBD. TFP’s offices are in an industrial area of nearby Auburn.
Despite the proximity, TFP – also known as Australia Needs Fatima – denied sending the leaflet.
Operations manager William Morgan told the Star Observer the leaflet was several years old and not distributed widely.
“It was to give to family and friends but we definitely did not encourage them to do leaflet drops or send them to homosexual people,” he said.
While claiming the leaflet is old, the wording is almost identical to text that can be found on a current web page of TFP’s US sister organisation.
TFP say they are concerned with “the moral crisis shaking Christian civilization” and aim to promote “the family, good traditions and the right to private property.”
Founded in 1960, TFP was originally concerned with the spread of communism. Today, campaigns against abortion and homosexual equality predominate.
Last month, American TFP campaigned against a drag show at Seattle University saying it was a “symbol of moral depravity.”
One outreach method TFP employs is to take a statue of the religious figure Fatima to people’s homes and pray in its presence.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson Rodney Croome said: “This personalised mail campaign borders on harassment and I urge recipients to report any anti-gay letters.”
Bell is planning to take the matter to the anti-discrimination commissioner.
“They chose the wrong person to send this to,” he said.
Despite repeated requests, TFP failed to confirm to the Star Observer if they were investigating the mailings.