Exeter, one of the oldest universities in the UK, is planning to host a conference for an evangelical group called Christian Concern this spring, according to the Oxford Student.
The thing about Christian Concern is that they don’t like the gays so much. In an interview with the Telegraph, CEO Andrea Williams says she thinks homosexuality is a “sin.”
Why is it that all the most vile groups use the word “concern” as a stand-in for their bigotry?
Christian Concern’s website has a special section for the homosexuals. While it doesn’t spout anything fire and brimstone, you can detect the faint whiff of homophobia:
Although both religious belief and homosexuality are protected in some ways under equality law, these two strands are often incompatible with one another… This has led to Christians losing their jobs after refusing to compromise their beliefs at work, and Christians being stopped from fostering children.
Yes, Christians are the victims here. The Oxford Student also says that Christian Concern has compared gays to pedophiles and advocating for “reparative therapy.”
The group has also been accused of equating homosexuality to paedophilia, after publishing an article objecting to the possible declassification of paedophilia as a mental illness in the US. In discussing the outright declassification of homosexuality in 1973 the piece complained, “Academic discussion of the adverse effects associated with a homosexual lifestyle has virtually ceased amongst psychologists.”
The evangelical group has also generated controversy through its consistent support of ‘corrective’ or ‘reparative’ homosexual to heterosexual conversion therapy. CC’s sister company the Christian Legal Centre (of which Williams is also CEO) is currently lobbying in defence of psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington. Pilkington faces being struck off by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for offering the ‘corrective’ therapy. The treatment has been widely discredited by the BACP as being based on “no scientific or rational reasoning.”
Oxford’s administrators haven’t responded to student outrage, so why not shoot their public relations man an e-mail yourselves?
Photo via Wikimedia Commons