Tell Barclays Bank to respect religious freedom
Barclays Bank has unilaterally decided to withdraw banking services to one of their customers, a Christian organisation, the Core Issues Trust (CIT), following pressure from high-profile LGBT activists.
While no official explanation has been given, it seems as though Barclays are following in the footsteps of other financial institutions such as Paypal and MailChimp who also withdrew their services, after high-profile activists targeted their organisations on Twitter.
The Core Issues Trust has been targeted because they offer counselling and support for individuals experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion but nevertheless wish to live by traditional Christian principles.
CIT explicitly condemns and abhors abusive techniques such as electroshock therapy or ‘corrective rape’ and does not employ compulsion or coercion, yet nonetheless they are being accused of ‘conversion therapy’ simply because they help individuals on a one-to-one basis, who wish to explore the concept of sexual attraction fluidity.
In 2008 Barclays Bank were happy to receive an enormous injection of funds from Qatar, a country where homosexuality is illegal, in order to avoid a UK government bail-out and still continue to invest heavily in the Middle East and operate in countries where draconian punishments are handed out to anyone suspected of engaging homosexual activity.
In addition to the decision by Barclays to withdraw their services, the Core Issues Trust and their CEO Mike Davidson have experienced horrific amounts of abuse both on and offline, including nuisance phone calls and hateful messages expressing a desire that their employees and their families will be killed or raped. They have also been subject to familiar tactics of being signed up to various porn and fetish sites. Social media companies have removed their content, despite it being approved and published online over two years ago and employees have found themselves unable to block aggressive trolls.
The decision of Barclays Bank to withdraw banking facilities, supports and validates this kind of demonisation and validates prejudice against a religious minority. Whatever happened to the principle of ‘living your best life’? Does this not apply to Christians?
It is not the role of a commercial organisation to act as the moral arbiter or police the religious beliefs of their customers. This decision which pays lips service to the mob, smacks of hypocrisy, and intolerance and is an assault on religious freedom and personal conscience.
Organisations ought not to succumb to the demands of social media mobs and remove vital services from religious minorities acting perfectly legally, simply because they disagree with their values or faith.
Sign the petition demanding that Barclays immediately reinstates banking support to the Core Issues Trust.
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Core Issues Trust