Christian Voice in the news again

by Richard on June 24, 2005

Christian Voice, the controversial group that came to prominence through its opposition to the musical Jerry Springer the Opera has been told by the Co-operative Bank to find another banker.

the bank has decided the group’s stance on homosexuality is so extreme, it has asked members to look for a new bank.

“It has come to the bank’s attention that Christian Voice is engaged in discriminatory pronouncements based on the grounds of sexual orientation,” a spokesman for the bank said.

“This public stance is incompatible with the position of the Co-operative Bank, which publicly supports diversity and dignity in all its forms for our staff, customers and other stakeholders.”

Not surprisingly, Christian Voice is calling ‘foul’

The Co-op bank, for all its fine words, is discriminating against us on the grounds of conscience and religion, something which the UDHR specifically forbids and which will shortly become illegal in the UK if the Government have their way. For a bank which claims to support the UDHR and to be against discrimination, their attitude towards us is unethical, blatantly discriminatory and nothing short of hypocritical. They should renounce all claims to support the UDHR and plainly state on their home page that they do not want any business from Bible-believing Christians including Evangelicals, Catholics, orthodox Jews and Muslims or any one who does not share their passion for gay rights.

I suspect we’ll be hearing alot more abouit this.

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Bene 06.24.05 at 1:43 pm

The Coalition that wanted to bring a lawsuit was turned down by the courts.Saw that in one the UK papers last week.
Not Christian Voice, the other group.

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justice4hossein 08.02.05 at 1:18 am

Hello there, I just wanted to leave a message to let you know about the ordeal I am currently facing as a christian woman in the uk. please forgive me if this posting is out of place.

Jessica Siavoshy, a Teaching Assistant and her Iranian husband a master degree student of London University are campaigning to stay in the U.K. Although they have been married for over two years the Home Office refuse to grant permission for Hossein to stay or work in the U.K. They plan to send him back to Iran where he could face imprisonment or worse for being present at a pro-democratic demonstration.

Hossein came to the U.K in October 2000. He fled Iran awaiting sentencing after having spent some months in prison where he was interrogated and tortured. Upon arrival in the U.K Hossein claimed political asylum on the basis of the severe torture he had endured. Hossein complied with the appropriate protocol and returned his initial form to the Home Office within the specified time limit. The Home Office denied that the form had been returned on time and subsequently issued Hossein with a removal notice. When Hossein’s then solicitor produced the postal recorded delivery slip, the Home Office admitted that their actions had been ‘fatally flawed’ but did not remove the form from Hossein’s case folder.

During Hossein’s application, whilst living in West London, Hossein met Jessica, they were married in June 2003.

Even though the Home Office admit that they cannot ‘deny the marriage is genuine’, their application was refused in February 2004 with no right of appeal. It was simply because of Hossein’s failed asylum application and because the Home Office claim that Jessica can easily move to Iran.

To do this Jessica would have to give up her job, way of life, religion and her British Citizenship, as Iran does not recognise dual nationality. The Iranian Embassy have blatantly refused to issue Jessica with a tourist visa, insisting that by Iranian law she must be issued with an Iranian passport, a requirement of which is the conversion to Islam. Jessica is Christian.

Hossein has a settled life within the U.K, and has nothing to go back to in Iran. It is uncertain what would happen to Hossein given his political views, especially since the recent hardliner election victories in Iran. It is certainly far too dangerous for Hossein and Jessica in Iran. Even the Foreign Office website ’strongly advises against travel to parts of the country’. Removing Hossein from the U.K would result in their forced indefinite separation. As you can imagine this uncertainty is extremely stressful and has adversely affected every aspect of their lives. Jessica and Hossein are both being treated for severe depression.

Through this campaign we aim to put pressure on the Home Office and inform people of the way immigration control is handled in this country by dividing families and couples with no regard for the human rights or private lives of those involved.

Jessica and Hossein are now waiting for their second Judicial Review application to be processed. Please support to ensure they get the response they deserve.

Hossein has been issued with countless removal forms and is due to be deported any day, we ask you to act urgently!

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