A U.K.-based Christian ministry has become the target of a coordinated harassment campaign led by LGBTQ activists who have pressured businesses to stop providing services to the ministry.
Core Issues Trust (CIT) is a Christian nonprofit that specializes in supporting men and women who are voluntarily seeking change in sexual preference and expression.
For those wanting to explore moving away from unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion, CIT offers talk therapy. But LGBTQ activists have accused the ministry of practicing so-called “conversion therapy,” implying that CIT promotes extreme and harmful practices, such as electroshock, aversive therapy and chemical castration.
“The term ‘conversion therapy’ is being used as a catch-all phrase designed to discredit any help that people may provide to those with mixed sexual attractions who prefer their heterosexual side,” said Mike Davidson, CEO of CIT. “This could include a listening ear, formal counseling or spiritual support.”
In recent weeks, CIT says it has received at least 300 nuisance phone calls and numerous hateful messages, including death threats.
On July 20, Barclays Bank notified CIT that it was closing the ministry’s accounts after activists urged the bank to do so. This was after Mailchimp and PayPal suspended services to CIT in early July without explanation, and both Facebook and Instagram removed content from the ministry’s pages.
“A coordinated campaign has resulted in our ministry coming under immense pressure and key service providers canceling their services, action which we consider to be discriminatory,” Davidson said.
“This amounts to mob rule,” he added. “If a social media mob can cause a bank to close the account of a Christian ministry, then there is nowhere for biblically faithful Christian ministries to go. The U.K. is now becoming an intensely intolerant country.”
“If it is CIT first, it will be churches next,” Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, warned.
“We call on the government to put a halt to this kind of mob rule and to assert the rights of biblically faithful Christian organizations to be serviced by businesses without facing such intolerant discrimination.”
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