Barclays, a British multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in London, has axed the account of a Christian ministry it accused of allegedly being engaged in “so-called gay ‘conversion therapy,'” several media sources have reported.
Core Issues Trust (CIT), which says it offers “talking therapy to people who want to explore moving away from unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusions; more specifically the organization offers ‘SAFE-T’ (Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy,” claims the move came after pressure from an LGBT social media campaign that targeted the group.
According to a CIT release, the ministry is “a nonprofit Christian ministry that supports men and women who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression.”
CIT CEO Mike Davidson said Barclays provided no explanation to CIT for its decision and that Barclays’ decision resulted from an aggressive online campaign from opponents of the CIT ministry.
“On Friday 3 July Tweets appeared pressuring Barclays Bank to stop providing CIT with services,” the release said. “On Monday 20 July, Barclays appears to have agreed to this request by informing both CIT and IFTCC that their accounts will be closing in two months, mid-September. The International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice, a project supported by CIT has also received closure notice.
“Since 28 June 2020, CIT has faced a coordinated, aggressive campaign from activists who pejoratively label their work as ‘conversion therapy’. These incitements via social media have now been reported in detail to the Parliamentary Petitions Committee currently inviting evidence submissions of online abuse, and as Serious Incident Reports to the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland. Some of the abuse received has been reported to the police.”
In the release, CIT says it has “received well over 300 nuisance phone calls and numerous hateful messages. Its email address has, without consent, been signed up to porn sites such as PornHub, UK Lads, Lesbian Videos and a range of fetish sites. Bogus claims using the CIT email address for information about surgical procedures continues. A large volume of emails from mailing lists purporting to have received requests from CIT were also received—with the intention of discrediting and blacklisting the address as spam.”
Davidson said of the phrase “conversion therapy”:
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SOURCE: Charisma News