The fundamentalist Christian head of a quack ‘gay cure’ outfit – Dr Mike Davidson, above – is furious that a second venue has banned the Core Issues Trust‘s anti-gay propaganda film, Voices of the Silenced.
According to this report, after the Queen’s University in Belfast refused to screen the film, Davidson said:
Clearly in Northern Ireland, in line with the rest of the UK, Christian freedom is restricted to freedom of worship alone. It is an illusion to believe that Christians have freedom of religion or even freedom of conscience.
If it is up to the politicians and the leaders of our institutions, Christian values have no place in the public space, which is reserved for the dogmatic religion of secularism, and promotion of LGBTI values which alone define diversity and inclusiveness.
More dangerously, homosexual identity in the UK appears now to be mandatory for those experiencing the feelings. It seems there may be no dissent; gay identity must be affirmed and there is no debate to be had about the matter.
But this is exactly why the politics of sexuality are unsustainable and will unravel.
Joan Parsons, Head of Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT) at the university told the Northern Ireland charity:
The mission of the QFT is to widen access to film through the delivery of a varied programme that actively encourages appreciation, enjoyment, debate and understanding.
In addition, the QFT is committed, through its approved programme, to continue to promote and respect equality, diversity and inclusion.
CIT can’t see how the “documentary” fails to meet the theatre’s mission. I can: IT.IS.SHIT!
The film has sparked controversy since it was premiered last month. Vue Piccadilly cinema scrapped a reservation for the screening of the film, which tells the stories of 15 people “emerging out of homosexual lifestyles” after more than six hundred people signed a petition urging the cinema chain to cancel the private showing.
However, the premiere went ahead when the producers were offered a conference room at the “magnificent” Emmanuel Centre in Westminster instead. This proved so popular that a people flocked from all over the world to see it – a total of about 200.