The man pictured above is Dr Peter May, a retired Christian GP who features in a ‘gay-to-straight’ film that was banned this week by a London cinema.
May, a member of the Anglican General Synod between 1985 and 2010, is among a number of “experts” who appear in a Film entitled Voices of the Silenced: Experts, Evidences and Ideologies which was dropped suddenly by the Vue Cinema at London’s Piccadilly Circus after being “bullied” by gay activists.
Now, according to this report, the Christian Legal Centre, headed by Andrea Minichiello Williams, is threatening to go to the High Court for an injunction, or take legal action against Vue under the Equality Act 2010.
Vue dropped the film after PinkNews blasted Core Issues Trust film, made to show that people can change their sexual orientation. It quoted Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson as saying:
The association between so-called ‘conversion therapy’ and negative mental health outcomes for gay and bisexual people is strong.
These are harmful religious ‘therapies’ rooted in homophobia, not science. The Government has a duty to end these harmful practices once and for all.
Young people struggling with their sexuality deserve support to live confident, authentic lives without being made to feel shame due to outdated religious views about sin and sexuality.
Williams, above, said:
Ironically, the actions of PinkNews and Vue cinema illustrate the point of the film. The Voices of the Silenced are, in fact, being silenced.
This is fundamentally a free speech issue. As usual, a minority of gay activists use threats and intimidation to shut down any opposing views. Tragically, they can’t tolerate the truth that there are significant numbers of men and women who have no wish to remain in a gay lifestyle and seek help to leave it.
Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that “helps people who experience unwanted same-sex attraction”, had arranged for the film to be screened tonight (Thursday) at 7:00 pm.
But the cinema sent Dr Mike Davidson, the head of CIT, an email telling him that the screening had been cancelled. He whined in his irritating South African voice:
This is a very important film raising public awareness about difficult issues faced by a whole category of vulnerable people, and we are very disappointed that the screening has been cancelled at the last moment.
Voices of the Silenced was filmed over two years in eight countries. People from all around the world were scheduled to attend its premiere.
The film interviews 15 people “who left the homosexual lifestyle”. Christian Concern, which is linked to the Christian Legal Centre, said in a press release:
It challenges the closedown of the debate about the value of therapeutic support to these people in ways that are respectful of clients and individual rights to change.
Hat tip: AgentCormac and BarrieJohn