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June 27, 2005

UK bank bans Christian group

On Friday I noted a news report about a guy who was fired from Allstate for personal views he held. Today comes word that a religious group is no longer welcome at a bank in the UK for their views.

The Co-operative Bank has asked an evangelical Christian group to close its account because of its anti-homosexual views.

The bank said the opinions of Christian Voice were incompatible with its support for diversity.

Christian Voice said the bank, based in Manchester, was discriminating against it on religious grounds.

It is now waiting for other religious groups with similar opinions to be asked to close accounts, it added.

Christian Voice has held an account with the Co-operative Bank for about three years.

But now 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."

Isn't the removal of someone because they don't think the way you do the exact opposite of "diversity"?

Posted by Doug at June 27, 2005 12:45 PM

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I don't think that I would want a bank with those sensibilities handling my money, anyhow.

Do let the intolerance and bigotry of so-called 'progressivism' be paraded for all to see.

Posted by: Mr.Atos at June 27, 2005 06:49 PM

Diversity consists of a 'variety' .... apparently, Christian doesn't come under that heading for this particular bank. If I were in that Christian group, I'd be happy to move my account elsewhere. Perhaps others will do the same. The Bank could find itself 'wanting'!

Posted by: Barbara at June 29, 2005 12:58 AM