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‘Ex-gay’ Christian threatens action against NI university

‘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.

He added:

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.

13 responses to “‘Ex-gay’ Christian threatens action against NI university”

  1. Angela_K says:

    The church is the place to show this homophobic propaganda were it will be lapped up by like minded zealots, not a place of learning. Ex-Gay, what tosh, Davidson was either not Gay or he could be Bi, or more likely he’s another religious, sexually repressed idiot. I don’t condone violence but there is something about that smug, pious gits face that makes me want to slap it.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    I very much doubt that LGBTI film makers produce documentaries that show how it’s possible to convert heterosexual people into gay people. And I applaud the university in question for having the nous to see that the grotesque little film so beloved by Davidson and his cronies has been made with nothing but loathing at its heart. In Davidson’s case, almost certainly self-loathing.

    And I have to agree with Angela_K, Davidson has got the kind of supercilious, self-satisfied face you’d never get tired of slapping.

  3. barriejohn says:

    I’d say that Davidson has problems. Let’s just see what develops.

  4. Broga says:

    AgentCormac: That face! It is nothing to do with looks as such. It’s just that smug, self satisfied smirk.

  5. Robster says:

    The real problem for the zealots is that they know the bulk of the population have grown past their stone age, religiously ‘inspired’ views and no longer support their overt bigotry. Who people love has no bearing on these deluded fools, it would be perhaps best if they just STFU.

  6. 1859 says:

    They never will STFU because they will always claim to be doing “‘god’s” work.
    I’ve just watched the Chilean film A Fantastic Woman
    (highly recommended BTW), and what was so obvious is how ‘straight’ people – with their typically binary view of human sexuality – feel their own self-identity as either man or woman, is threatened by the very existence of anyone in the LGBT community.
    This grotesquely smug Mr. Davidson is a case in point. He is smiling because he is probably trying so say to the world is ‘Hey! I’m normal! I’m not perverted! I’m converted!’
    These people are dangerous because there will be emerging LGBT pseople who are alone, unsure of what to do, who to ask, where to go and feel suicidal. And if they come into contact with Davidson and his film, it could be disastrous for their psychological well-being.

  7. Tam says:

    Just consider this. If just for one generation, say a period of 25 years, that there was no, absolutely none, religious indoctrination,what a happy unfettered human race would emerge. It’s the pious, or those even more disingenuous preaching but unbelieving clerics, who as you read this are poisoning the minds of people the world over with nasty ideas about sin and hatred of others.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Tam: Stephen Hawking’s funeral should be interesting (“We’re gathered here to remember our brother Stephen” or “We’ve come together to lay to rest the body of that vile, God-denying atheist Stephen Hawking”?). It’s private, so we may never know just what is said, but we’ll certainly know what tripe they come up with at his “Memorial Service” later!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43582950

  9. How can the law excuse discrimination on religious grounds?

    The reason this might be done is when religious rights and other rights are in conflict so the law must decide which side matters most. That is unworkable for one judge cannot agree with another – with a religious or secular judge there is a risk of bias.

    It might be done for some people treat religious beliefs and thus religious believers as mattering more than any other kind of belief and by logical consequence believer. That is the problem with religious belief if it is made-up or man-made – it gets an honour and status it does not deserve at the expense of other beliefs. That results in the preachers and leaders and servants of the faith looking for and getting special treatment. You cannot treat one belief system differently from another without having a discriminatory attitude towards some people. The attitude leads to the question: should people get exemptions on religious grounds that is to say on the grounds of religious belief?

    There are three different exemptions to talk about.

    1 Specific religious exemptions

    This applies to appointments that are strictly internal to the religion such as who it employs as Church staff or chooses as ministers. The Catholic Church is allowed to discriminate against transmen who want to become priests. It will discriminate against somebody who thinks that Jesus became gender fluid at the resurrection. A Mormon cannot get a job as spiritual director or chaplain in a Catholic school even if that person far exceeds their Catholic counterpart as a people person and has better potential to inspire. People are discriminated against. Ideas are discriminated against which means resolving to discriminate or discriminating against those who have the ideas. It is only luck that these problems do not arise more and more. We could just as easily waken up to a world that is crippled with such issues. We have to care about the principle or else it can or will happen.

    2 Educational religious exemptions

    Teachers who are polyamorous or LGBT or gender neutral may be unable to get work in a religious school. Teachers who speak of gay rights may be sacked for contradicting the ethos of the school.

    3 General religious exemptions

    The biggest controversy is usually over general religious exemptions. The exemption will only be considered if it is about

    a letting the religion be true to its beliefs so the beliefs must not be offended or undermined. An example is banning pro-gay films in cinemas in Christian areas.

    b Fitting in with the religious beliefs. For example, letting Seventh Day Adventists have Saturday off work for it is the Sabbath day. Letting Catholics ban alcohol on Good Friday. Letting Muslim areas ban displays of the Catholic communion wafer which they consider to be idolatry.

    The dangers of these exemptions is in the case is in how the Christian Brethren Church could have banned a LGBTI suicide prevention group from a campsite in Victoria used by its organisation: Christian Youth Camps.

    The denial of access was not upheld by the law. The reasons were that the camp failed to prove it was really all about religion or a religious body. It was about camping more than religion in the eyes of the law. And also, their argument that LGBTI lifestyles were gravely sinful was dismissed as most people identifying as Christians would not agree. For that reason, declaring them a sin was not an essential or fundamental teaching of the Christian faith.

    We cannot expect the law to investigate whether a doctrine truly came from Christ and therefore is Christian. It has to go along with what many self-declared Christians say. It is true that Mormonism is not Christianity but for the purpose of the law it has to be treated as Christianity. It has to take the Mormon’s word for it. That raises problems. The content of the belief does not matter enough to justify discrimination. Thus a Catholic school cannot really have the right to oust a teacher who becomes Mormon and starts preaching that God is a polygamous man and not a universal spirit.

    Another danger of the exemption is that there is more to a religion than just praying and believing. Religion for Christians is about the whole of life so they offer even their eating and drinking to God. Thus even a janitor who hates the idea of God but who says nothing can be a problem in a Catholic school as he is seen as blocking God from acting in him.

    FINALLY

    Nothing changes the fact that the law has no right to punish anybody for holding a belief be it religious or otherwise. But it does have the right within limits to stop you acting on your belief. The right to live by a belief be it religious or whatever is qualified. If people would become secular and stop getting involved with organised religion there would be no problem.

  10. Tom80 says:

    Why would Stephen Hawking have a funeral in Church? As he was an Atheist surely he would have made his wishes known to his next of kin-seems odd to me.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Tom80: I have no idea, other than that when you’re dead it doesn’t matter what you wanted (and that can apply to your will, as well). It all looks very “religious”:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43582950

    PS I know I’m old-fashioned (and that’s not a cliché), but this business of applauding a coffin really gets my goat!

  12. StephenJP says:

    Tom80: I read somewhere that his first wife is a Christian. I also guess that their children do not necessarily share his views. So it’s probably a family wish.

  13. Daz says:

    If you claim to be an “ex gay” then either:

    1} You’re lying in order to promote quack therapies, in which case fuck you.

    2} You’re somehow convinced that your sexuality has indeed been changed. This all-too-often leads to mental health problems further down the line. I sincerely hope this does not happen to you, but you need to get better educated before spouting off.

    3} You’re actually bisexual, but are under the mistaken impression that sexuality is binary, and that thus your “switching of focus” so to speak is actually a switch in sexuality. Again, you need to get better educated.