The Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has denied a Christian ministry’s request to screen a new documentary featuring the testimonies of people who have left homosexuality.
The public research university recently rejected Core Issues Trust’s request to show the recently released film “Voices of the Silenced,” Premier reports.
The film features interviews with 15 people “emerging out of homosexual lifestyles.” The film also shows interviews with 18 experts, some of whom “explode the myth of neutral secularism and expose its dangers for society broadly and for Christians specifically.”
According to the Christian nonprofit, it wasn’t given an exact reason why it couldn’t show the documentary at Queen’s Film Theatre. However, the university’s response suggests that the film doesn’t match its idea of inclusivity.
“The mission of the Queen’s Film Theatre is to widen access to film through the delivery of a varied program that actively encourages appreciation, enjoyment, debate and understanding,” Joan Parsons, head of Queen’s Film Theatre, reportedly told Core Issues Trust. “In addition, the QFT is committed, through its approved program, to continue to promote and respect equality, diversity and inclusion.”
The school’s rejection did not sit well with Core Issues Trust CEO Mike Davidson, who was gay at one point in his life.
“Clearly in Northern Ireland, in line with the rest of the U.K., 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,” Davidson said. “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 LGBT values which alone define diversity and inclusiveness.”
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Source: Christian Post