A Christian group is to go against Mayor Boris Johnson this week after he banned their ‘gay cure’ posters from London buses.
The Mayor of London refused to run the advertisements that promoted the group’s view homosexuals can be ‘cured’ by therapy, an idea condemned by the majority of worldwide health organizations.
Christian group Core Issues Trust say the mayor violated their freedom of speech, and hope to force Travel For London to use their adverts.
Dr Mike Davidson, the head of the trust who refers to himself as having a ‘homosexual past’, is hoping to prove TfL have allowed other adverts which have offended the public.
These include underwear campaigns, and an atheist campaign funded by Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association, which said: ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’
They are also opposed to gay rights charity Stonewall, which reads ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’
In Core Issues Trust’s banned ad, it uses the same font and color scheme as Stonewall. However, it says: ‘Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!’
‘This is all about being free to talk about these issues,’ said Davidson, as reported by The Telegraph.
‘It was a mistake to assume these views we were expressing came from entrenched homophobia, and failed to recognize that people who want to walk away from their homosexual feelings are a group in their own right.’
Andrea Williams, director of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting Davidson’s case, said: ‘The ban on these advertisements was the beginning of a kind of reverse discrimination which threatens to obliterate debate in the public sphere.
‘Boris Johnson needs to realise his mistake and ensure there is freedom for all in the marketplace of ideas. He cannot prefer one group over another.’
At the time, Johnson allegedly claimed he banned the adverts because he feared a backlash against Christians.
A Transport for London spokesman said: ‘The advertisement breached TfL’s advertising policy as in our view it contained a publicly controversial message and was likely to cause widespread offence to members of the public.’