BRACE yourselves for squeals of outrage from the “persecuted Christian” brigade over the news that London Mayor Boris Johnson has put the kybosh on a planned “pray away the gay” ad campaign that was due to run on London buses this week.
I am not in favour of this ban. Censorship makes my hackles rise, and my feeling is that the campaign – masterminded by the Core Issues Trust whose leader, Mike Davidson, believes "homoerotic behaviour is sinful" and Anglican Mainstream, a worldwide orthodox Anglican group whose supporters have equated homosexuality with alcoholism – should have been allowed to proceed.
If it had, it would have done these mad Christians more harm than good by flushing their stupid and dangerous agendas into the open, and forcing a healthy and long overdue critical examination of gay “reparative” therapy and the dangers thereof.
Instead, the ban will simply give outfits like Core Issue cause to whinge about being gagged, and the debate will go in completely the wrong direction.