‘Ex-gay’ Christian threatens action against NI university
Core Issues Trust Director, Dr Mike Davidson, above, has vowed to lodge a complaint against a Northern Ireland university which recently refused to screen a ‘documentary’ advocating quack cures for homosexuality.
Writing for Christian Concern, Davidson said CIT intends to complain to Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission about the refusal of Queens University in Belfast to allow a showing of the propaganda film, Voices of the Silenced.
The “former” homosexual wrote:
The university had, earlier this month, denied the production a screening venue usually associated with premiere screenings in Northern Ireland, and widely used by LGBTI film makers. No reason has been given for this refusal, and the University and Queen’s Film Theatre remain mute about the matter.
Core Issues Trust will now complain to Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission, which recently pursued Asher’s Bakery, a Christian ethos, family-owned business which had refused to provide a cake for a gay activist wishing to promote gay marriage.
Found guilty of discrimination, the case will receive further attention in April when High Court judges will come to Northern Ireland to hear an appeal against the ruling.
Asher’s Bakery should have been supported in its refusal to promote gay ideology. There are clearly double standards operating when a public tax-payer supported body, such as Queen’s University refuses services by not allowing us access to screen a premier, without repercussion, but a targeted baker is punished for refusing services.
There is clear evidence of a rising movement across the world of individuals and groups who represent an alternative narrative that rejects the normalisation of homosexuality, and imposition of gay-affirming therapies.
Davidson said that a new venue had been found to screen his ridiculous film – the Ballynahinch Baptist Church, and that the screening had been “well attended.” By how many, Davidson did not say, but I’m guessing there were more protesters outside than viewers inside.
According to this report, around 100 protesters carrying placards and flags formed a picket outside the church during the film screening, with many saying they wanted to show “solidarity with our LGBT community”.
Among those who took part was Sinn Féin assembly member Emma Rogan, who said:
Conversion therapies should be a banned. There is nothing wrong with being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and Sinn Féin totally oppose the use of ‘therapies’, which are aimed to change, repress and, or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression.
These ‘therapies’ are damaging, extremely dangerous and can have a very damaging psychological effect on people.
The practice of conversion therapy has been condemned and discredited worldwide by institutions such as the UN Committee Against Torture, the European Parliament and by the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.
Meanwhile it’s reported here that a US-based Jewish conversion outfit called Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), which was ordered by a judge to shut down in 2015, is continuing to operate illegally under a new name: Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA).
• The picture used to illustrate this report shows Davidson displaying a video about “gay cure” quack Joseph Nicolosi, who died aged 70 last year.