Co-op stays firm on Christian Voice

The Co-operative Bank has defended its decision to close the account of Christian Voice, arguing that the evangelical charity's anti-gay views go against its ethical policy.

The charity, which led opposition to the showing of Jerry Springer the Opera, was asked to close its account because it "engaged in discriminatory pronouncements, based on the grounds of sexual orientation".

A spokesman for the bank said it had been inundated with messages of support for the decision and added: "This public stance is incompatible with the position of this bank, which publicly supports diversity and dignity, in all its forms, for our staff, customers and other stakeholders."

Stephen Green, national director of Christian Voice, said: "The Co-op Bank, for all its fine words, is discriminating against us on the grounds of conscience and religion."

He added that when the account was opened there was no mention that those who believe that homosexual acts are sinful would not be welcome.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus