London mayor axes ads that suggests homosexuality can be cured

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P London bus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By AL WEBB
c. 2012 Religion News Service
Reprinted with permission

LONDON (RNS) London’s mayor has axed an ad campaign spearheaded by two conservative Christian groups because their ads suggest homosexuality is a disease that can be cured through prayer.

The groups Core Issues Trust and Anglican Mainstream made posters reading “Post-gay and proud. Get over it!” and had planned to plaster them on the sides of London’s iconic double-decker red buses.

The slogan mimicked a recent drive by the pro-gay rights group Stonewall, which used the line, “Some people are gay. Get over it.”

The Christian groups’ campaign had been scheduled to cover the sides of buses for two weeks starting next Monday (April 16).

But the British capital’s mayor, Boris Johnson, stepped in to ban it. “It is clearly offensive to suggest being gay is an illness someone recovers from,” the mayor said in a statement on Thursday. “And I am not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London on our buses.”

Core Issues and Anglican Mainstream both fund “reparative therapy” for gay men and lesbians to “cure” them of homosexuality.

This campaign would not have been the first time London’s buses have

One of the atheist adverts on the side of Lond...

One of the atheist adverts on the side of London General's MAL115 (BP57 UYG), a Mercedes-Benz Citaro G in London at the junction of Regent Street and Oxford Circus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

been used in a religious war of words. Two years ago, atheists launched a similar offensive with a bus slogan reading: “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy life.” Christian charities responded by posting their own rival ads on the buses.

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3 responses to “London mayor axes ads that suggests homosexuality can be cured

  1. I believe that there is a huge difference between a LGBT group advertising that “Some people are gay. Get over it!” and conservative Christian groups advertising “Post Gay. Get over it!” The former states the truth. It doesn’t say “all people are gay.” It doesn’t say that “you are gay.” It says “some” are! That is true! The latter states two or more myths, only believed by some deluded Christians who believe it is a sin to be who you are and that a LGBT person needs “fixing” or “curing.” It also claims that it is possible to change someone into something they are not, while “advertising” the horrid tactics that these two groups (and others) engage in while trying to change someone. Additionally, the former is non-threatening, while the other is fear and hate mongering against a group. I applaud the London mayor for his action! We are a diverse human race in so many aspects, and there is no need to promote hate or fear!

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