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LGBT Activists Bully UK Theater to Censor Christian Film About Voluntarily Leaving Gay Lifestyle

Man with tape over his mouth

The BBC has recently reported that a British theater has cancelled the viewing of a Christian film that purportedly shows the testimonies of individuals who have voluntarily left the homosexual lifestyle.

Vue is a chain of movie theaters in the UK, and the Christian ministry "Core Issues Trust" booked a theater in Piccadilly, London in order to show their film "Voices of the Silenced." LGBT activists got wind of the film and immediately bombarded the management of the theater with demands to cancel the viewing. Vue caved to their demands.

What are the issues here and why would anyone want to censor a movie that only had 126 people planning to attend? What is so threatening about this film?

Core Issues has a separate website promoting the film and you can see snippets of the movie there. That website says the film "highlights the goals of sexual politics and the silencing of views opposing the return to the pansexual culture of the pre-Christian Graeco-Roman world. It listens to the voices of 34 individuals, extraordinary in their ordinariness, including witnesses to the experience of leaving homosexual practices and feelings. It explores how sciences become the servants of ideology using examples from history, mental health policy, and archeology."

The site goes on to explain that "'Voices of the Silenced' reminds us that the Christian Gospel, whether or not equated to personal faith, has influenced western civilisation so profoundly that even secularists today build on its legacy and, without self-examination, fail to acknowledge the pivotal and enduring influence of Christian teaching."

Core Issues states that they believe in the historic, biblical truths of orthodox Christianity. Unlike the Westboro cult (Westboro Baptist Church of Wichita Kansas) that so vulgarly spews hateful invectives on anyone who disagrees with them, Core Issues seeks to lovingly engage in conversation and voluntary therapy with people who come to them for help. They call their approach "Change Oriented Therapy" (in contrast to "Gay Affirming Therapy" or "Sexual Identity Therapy" which they recognize and explain, but reject).

Here is what they say about their ministry: "Grieving for those whose sense of rejection and abandonment is increased through the well-intentioned, but often misinformed acts of Christians seeking to uphold the Biblical prohibition on homosexual acts, CORE seeks to explore appropriate patterns of relating in both singleness and in marriage. It takes seriously the Biblical injunction to 'love one another deeply, from the heart' (1 Peter 1:22), and promotes the idea that change is possible."

Against this the LGBT community in Britain has decided that it is their job to tell people what they can or cannot see in movie theaters. When Vue decided to cancel the showing, they began their explanation with: "While it is not our intention to censor content..."