BRITAIN: Hate Group Stages Protest After Cinema Cancels Showing Of Ex-Gay Torture Movie [VIDEO]

The BBC reports:

Dozens of protesters have gathered outside a London cinema to protest against the cancellation of a screening of a film advocating therapy to “cure” people from being gay. Christian group Core Issues Trust hired a screen at Vue Piccadilly, in the West End, to show its film – the Voices of the Silenced.

But the cinema cancelled the event at the last minute, saying it contradicted the company’s values. Protesters accused Vue of censorship. According to the film’s makers, the documentary tells the stories of 15 people “emerging out of homosexual lifestyles” and aims to “preserve and promote teachings on sexual ethics”.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, an organisation which wants to see the UK “return to the Christian faith”, said the Vue’s decision to cancel had been “tragic and disproportionate”. “This is a freedom issue,” she told the BBC. “This film is the stories of lives that are transformed, marriages saved, fathers who stay fathers. There is nothing wrong with saying I don’t want to do that any more. I want to access therapy to help me live in a different way,” she said.

  • Boreal

    Assholes haven’t been silenced since we’re still hearing their bullshit. They are just pissed that a private company isn’t promoting their agenda of hate.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      They believe private business is king until it refuses to push fundajelicalism.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Christianity: Silenced for two millenia.

  • TK

    “This is a freedom issue” You have the freedom to make the trash and the theater has the freedom not to show said trash.

    Oh, and…

    • TK

      Perhaps I am wrong. It’s wrong to shut out those that you disagree with. I feel…um…a struggle that I need to talk about. It’s building deep down in me and longing to shoot out.

      Perhaps you’ll stop by my place later and we can talk about it?

      Oh, clean your ass before you come over, it’s just a silly thing I ask before anybody visits me.

      • JP

        Funny that most of them look to be on the north side of 70 and long past any worries of sex. Just wondering who this is really for.

        • clay

          There’s a reason they put the youngen out front.

  • bkmn

    Poor triggered snowflakes.

    • Rambie

      We should come up with a better name for them, pussy willow perhaps.

    • friendlynerd

      Thoughts and prayers.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    She’s had more pussy than a cat shelter.

  • Boreal

    Voice of the silenced. If they are silenced then why is his obnoxious voice going on and on and on and……………………………………………….

  • John Kusters

    “Businesses must have the freedom to express their values!”

    “We paid for a screening! How dare the theater company claim their values won’t let them show the movie!!!”

    And they’ll never see the irony nor the hypocrisy.

    • David Walker

      They are awfully good at that.

    • Paula

      Let them eat cake!

    • Nic Peterson

      they want their cake and they want to eat ours as well.

  • Ross

    I want to access therapy to help me live in a different way

    And then you will always live a lie.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Ah, but you’d be lying for Jeebus so it’s all good.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    For people who claim they’re being silenced, they sure as fuck are loud.

    • Generic Commenter

      Is that a “mourning” stripe across your avatar, Jean-Marc?

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        After a fashion. I put it up when Trump became president and it is my way of mourning what America, if only temporarily (we hope), has lost.

  • crewman

    Pretty ironic they are speaking up about being silenced, where the therapy they’re pushing is at its heart about silencing gay people’s true voices and coercing them through shame, hate, isolation, and fear to play the role these people want them to play.

  • skyweaver

    Hey, protesters. There’s this whole HUGE thing called the internet. You can put anything you want on it. Anything. Any opinion you want to put up there you can. So write what you want. Put the movie up if you want. And people are free to read your stuff or not. Just like this theater is free to show the movie or not.

    • Steve Smith

      But then they can’t pretend to be persecuted. So there’s no fun in that.

    • ChrisMorley

      They already pollute the net with their toxic noise.

  • Boreal

    ‘Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, an organisation which wants to see the UK “return to the Christian faith”
    Methinks the Isles had a different faith prior to the invention of your god.

    • JT

      Although it does look a bit like that Abraham and Isaac thing.

      • Boreal

        But with less proselytizing: you came to watch, the sacrifice died, the gods were appeased, everyone feasted and got drunk.

      • Nic Peterson

        It may have lacked ritual genital mutilation of week old male children.

    • ChrisMorley

      Here’s Stonehenge where we still celebrate the solstice with fun

  • joe ho

    These delusional wankers should be finding a cure for their Christianity instead.

  • David Walker

    “…fathers who stay fathers.” Ummm. I think this is a new one. How does one take back one’s paternity? Or DNA? She can’t mean that being gay means you leave the home. A) Way too many men have remained in a marriage “for the sake of the children.” B) If she actually does mean that being gay makes you leave your family, she apparently hasn’t been paying attention to what happens in a straight divorce. As someone asked yesterday, “Do these people even listen to themselves?”

    • skyweaver

      Perplexing isn’t it. When I can bear to listen to them, the bizarre conflations some of these people put forward it’s just bizarre

  • Adam Stevens

    Where is all this ‘silence’ they are screaming their heads off about?

    • Nic Peterson

      IKR. I am waiting for the bounty of silence.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Get a Vimeo account and STFU.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Oh, bother These assholes again.

  • The_Wretched

    On one hand, the film and these christians are morally deplorable.

    On the other, they are doing an excellent job driving people out of churches.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Go show it in your church where about 10 or 15 will show up to watch.

    • Buford

      EXACTLY! ‘Censorship’ is when the govt prevents you from showing your stupid movie anywhere. Theaters refusing to show your stupid movie is ‘good business’, not ‘censorship’.

  • j.martindale
  • Dean Cameron

    They don’t give much time to the voices of the Silenced in this Commercial, do they?

  • The_Wretched

    Suppose someone should tell Andrea that she’s always going to want women for fun times?

  • David Reid

    The irony is that Andrea Minichiello Williams spends considerable effort through the her other organisation the Lawyers Christian Fellowship arguing that Christians should be able to express their values of prejudice and discrimination towards LGBT people by withholding goods and services. So she fights cases of marriage registrars and public servants wishing to avoid doing their jobs. We are pretty much at the stage in the UK where conversion therapy is seen by most as torture and complete and utter quackery.

    • Bambino

      She should seek help from Liberty Counsel. I heard they do great work and winning every case they took on in the US.

      • ChrisMorley

        No need to ask for Liberty Counsel. Andrea’s lawyers are already an abysmal Failure.

    • Steve Smith

      Plus the fact that by far, most British people don’t identify as Christian any more. Far more “vaguely spiritual”, agnostic and downright atheist nowadays.

  • Bambino

    There need to be conversion therapy for bigots.

    • The_Wretched

      I offer two plans for the realignment of right wingers.

      The first is a fun get away to an island in the pacific too far to swim or canoe out of and not near shipping lines. Every day, 1500 calories comes in via drone + a book on how to survive eating the local edibles and things like fish hooks.

      The second is less fun and more real. They get to live in low rent housing and have to work two part time hourly jobs for 3 months. They can buy what ever they like but must pay for rent, food and clothes wiht out use of a credit card.

      • Bad Tom

        I like the eating fish hooks idea. They would go for it.

  • hdtex
  • Tatonka

    “…fathers who stay fathers…” Fuck off, you closeted wankers. My daughter would probably give you a knuckle sandwich if you said this to her face.

    • Bluto

      My daughter absolutely would.

  • Bad Tom

    But I thought a business’s sincerely held moral objections trumps everything?
    Why not now?
    Oh, because YOU want this businesses services, not the icky gays.


    They want to return to the bible, where children can be taught uplifting stories promoting family values..

    • Boreal

      Don’t forget the heartwarming story of Elisha and the bears.

    • Guy z

      I’m not supporting the rightwing nuts, but you know that the point of this story wasn’t that this was a good thing, right?

      • -M-

        But it could have been avoided if an all knowing god had let them know it was just a couple of cities that had been destroyed and their father was not the last man on Earth.

        • Guy z

          Oh darling. Let’s not move the Goalposts mid discussion.

      • Boreal

        I’m not sure any of these stories have any point whatsoever. Worst Fiction ever.

    • Boreal
      • zhera

        No men to get them preggers, but they had plenty wine? In a cave?

        Something’s not right here…

        • KevInPDX

          Red wine will take the wood right outa ya! When you get old. Or maybe it’s just me?

    • Harley

      I never could get that Lot and his family fled Sodom while the place was being burned yet Lot took enough “wine” with him to get sloppy enough drunk to screw both his daughters. I’ve never been drunk enough to do that and I’ve been plenty drunk before.

      • 🐾vorpal🐾

        Trump’s been “drunk enough” to screw both his daughters… and he doesn’t drink.

        • Harley

          I guess he will be free to do that after the US is burning. Who knew Putin is God.

  • Steve

    This may be the outcome they were hoping for. Now they get to play victim for the whole world. If they had shown the movie to its small audience, this would be over.
    Now they get to tell everyone that they are being persecuted for their faith.

    • Bambino

      It’s the only form of effective advertising to get a few more people to watch that crap.

    • Halou

      I wont say if it was the outcome they planned for, but I will say they had plenty of “Silenced” signs right there with them when they arrived. Hmm…

  • Halou

    This is a freedom issue. The cinema in question was more than free to decide what is and isn’t shown on it’s own screens. If they want to make the case that bakers should be allowed to go their entire careers not baking cakes because of “freedom” then what should Cinemas be allowed to do?

    Likewise, gay people should be free to live their lives unburdened by religious propaganda saying they are broken and need fixing.

  • The Milkman


    If only.

  • My take-
    1. Let us not forget that our commitment to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press in the USA – that the Piece of Dog Doody we have courtesy of the Russkies and Kleptocracy as POTUS right now — which freedoms he wants to take away from us — comes from our mother country, the United Kingdom. Although the great majority of our British cousins despise these nutjobs, they will defend their right to protest in public. So let em protest! And let them nutjob on and on and on! It is all part of our great tradition.
    2. Just as THEY will not be silenced, THEY has no right to force a privately owned theater to show any film for any reason. No one is silencing them. If THEY do not like it, let them pool their funds and buy a piece of property — and pay for police protection — to show their highly obnoxious film. Personal freedoms do not mean that anyone else is forced to suffer a loss of business of reputation from having to associate with you.

  • The Sentinel

    Voices of the Silenced won’t allow comments on their videos. Oh, the irony.

  • Gustav2

    Christian Concern, an organisation which wants to see the UK “return to the Christian faith”,

    Which Christain faith?

    • William

      I’ll bet you it is not the Church of England.

      • Dazzer

        Actually, andrea Williams IS a member of the Church of England General Synod.

        She opposes anything to do with gay people and the furtherment of women.

        Many people on the General Synod have asked why she gets to call herself a member of the Church of England, but she goes to a nasty church where the bishop vouches for her.

        • ChrisMorley

          Well I didn’t know that. A rather rare CofE Fundigelical.

          • Dazzer

            Yeah. Christian Concern and Core Issues Trust are both offshoots of an organisation called – I think – Christian Voices.

            CV also campaigns against abortion.

            CV tried to obtain charity status for one of its anti-lgbt fronts, but the Charity Commissioners gave it short-shrift. Because it trades as a non-profit, it doesn’t have to release detailed accounts, so I’ve not been able to find out where it gets all its money – but I have my suspicions: Am*r*c*

          • ChrisMorley

            Christian Voices of hate. I think you are right to suspect foreign cash from the western side of the Atlantic is behind them.

            Confusingly there is also a catholic hate group Catholic Voices.

        • JCF

          And she’s a constant embarrassment to about 98% of them.

  • JP

    “Christian Concern”. Now there’s a loaded statement if ever there was.

    • Gustav2

      Now, now, it is just an old fashioned way to say “concern troll”

      • Andymac3

        Isn’t ‘christian concern’ an oxymoron? It’s definitely got moron in it.

  • teeveedub

    I’d love to see actual investigative journalism about so-called conversion therapy, not biased propaganda. How many reports have there been over the years about people who claim to have been magically turned into heterosexuals who then finally throw in the towel and live as they truly are? It takes no particular skills to film some folks who, in the short term, delude themselves into believing that they’ve been “cured.” It takes a lot more effort to follow their lives to discover long-term outcomes which almost always end with the previously “cured” becoming uncured.

  • The_Wretched

    I want to see the UK return to Druidry myself. Druids are cool and can turn into bears!

    • Generic Commenter

      Or even dragons, if they are high enough in level

  • pj

    honey you dont appear to be silenced? how about ignored.

  • Elsewhere1010

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but go fuck yourselves. You’re receiving the same amount of sympathy reserved for nazis and fascists.

    In an ideal world you would all be sent to electronic Coventry; no media outlet of any kind, including blots would simply not recognize you or anything you had to say.

    Don’t worry about dying out; there will always be enough idiots to refresh your ranks.

  • kirby7771

    Dozens? LOL. Thank god these trolls are dying off.

  • JWC

    glad it was cancelled

  • William

    Are the ‘Voices of the Silenced’ in league with the ‘Friends of the Friendless’?

  • BeaverTales

    It’s easy to be ex-gay if you try…just stay out of gay bars, don’t hunt for cock online or with Grindr-like apps, stay away from cruisy restrooms, gyms and bath houses. There’s nothing to stop someone from joining a cult to make them “heterosexual”… Good luck with that, though.

    You can make movies but if your propaganda doesn’t make any money because it’s full of delusional bullshite, that’s not the cinema’s fault.

    But if you want to force a kid to go against his own instincts and desires, then you’re no better than the people who chained their kids to their beds for almost their entire lifetimes. Not dealing with your kid honestly will do more damage than a gay hookup will. Teaching a kid to hate himself because he is gay is child abuse. Having a gay son (or daughter) harms no one except your own ego.

    • Generic Commenter

      “Teaching a kid to hate himself because he is gay is child abuse”

      Agree. But teaching a kid to hate itself *for any reason* is child abuse, imo

  • zhera

    That image on their posters… is it the Eye of Sauron? They fail at marketing and life in general, AS ALWAYS!

  • American Patriot

    Aw, poor domestic terrorists

  • Nic Peterson

    If this is the sound of voices that have been silenced, then why do I have this ringing in my ears? Their super loud silent voices going on and on about their rights and how magic sky daddies will make them better. And then they get even louder when it doesn’t work. Maybe the therapy needed should be focused on the need for attention.

    • boatboy_srq

      They’re complaining because they’re being asked not to denounce/oppress everyone else quite so loudly.

  • Statistics Palin

    The Romans had a very effective conversion therapy for Christians. Let’s try that.

  • alc2018
  • TheManicMechanic

    What a circus.

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    Everybody seems to want society to return to THEIR religious “values.”
    We’re not going back there.

    • Halou

      The last time England was a religious dictatorship, over 40% of the Irish population were slaughtered and starved to death in a holy war. Not a period of it’s history that Britain is proud of.

      • boatboy_srq

        And you can bet the C of E is not the flavor of Xtianism these wingnuts want, so their version would be much worse. Imagine RCs and Anglicans both facing the same fate at these idjits’ hands.

    • IDavid

      Going back to hypocrisy, Never.

  • IDavid

    The only conversion therapy that may actually work is to convince a bisexual to act on their straight rather than their gay impulses and nature.

    • -M-

      Which is still none of their business.

  • Gigi

    This isn’t a freedom issue. No one tried to stop you from making your film, and no one is saying you have to stop pretending that you’ve changed. A movie theatre said that they don’t want to screen your shitty movie. That’s THEIR right. They have the freedom NOT to help you in your quest to spread lies and misinformation.

  • David in Palm Springs

    Sorry, no one has the right to have their film shown in a movie theater. So your rights aren’t being infringed upon. You can show your bullshit movie at your church, or post it online where no one will ever see it.
    Why don’t you ask Josh Weed how the whole “living the straight lifestyle” worked out for him.

  • greenmanTN

    I wonder how many of those 15 people who “emerged” from homosexuality will later be photographed in a gay bar or having sex with a person of their same sex?

    I’m gonna go with 15.

  • Andymac3

    Well done Vue Cinemas. That ‘crowd’ looks like a bakers dozen at best. They should just find an empty hate church to play it in. This isn’t a story of marriages saved, it’s a story of divorces delayed. And fathers still stay fathers even if they divorce unless you actively fight against them.

  • BobSF_94117

    The theatre should have just let them watch their silly movie.

  • Terry

    If it didn’t align with the company’s values why did they wait to the last minute to cancel it?

    The timeframe would be a nice thing to know

    Further, is it only about being silenced when they want to do something but not when someone they’re ideologically opposed to?

  • Dazzer

    I’m not sure – because I’ve not been able to do my full research – but there is slightly more to this than meets the eye.

    The first thing to know is that the film DID get shown in public – soon after it was cancelled by the Vue – at a public meeting place near the Palaces of Westminster called the Emmanuel Centre.

    I think the reason Christian Concern was protesting is because:
    a) They wanted any publicity they could get
    b) They needed to get it shown at a commercial cinema so they could enter it into various film festivals as a commercial (ie people have paid money to see it) documentary.

    A lot of this is supposition on my part, but it makes logical and commercial sense.

    Essentially, when the Vue chain declined to show the film, it meant the film couldn’t be entered into various christianist film festivals where it could pick up audience awards and part of the door take.

    Moreover, as a commercial documentary, it could have been sold onwards to TV as a cinema-shown piece of work (and get paid for at a higher rate) rather than just a made-for-TV ‘community’ documentary.

  • Terry

    “My freedom tells me I can force my values on you…HOW DARE YOU use your values to tell me I can’t do something”

  • SFHarry

    I wonder if they would agree to a screening of a pro-LGBT movie at their church or if they would consider not allowing it being silenced or censored.


  • Oh, piss off you bunch of grotty wankers. While you’re at it, cry us a new river. Next!

  • Ogre Magi

    christians are such jerks

  • Mike

    #christiansbehavingbadly again … and again … and

  • JCF

    I believe ISIS is showing up next week to protest the cancelling of their film “Voices of the Martyred”. /s [Seriously, between ISIS and decades of “if you can’t stop being gay (you might as well kill yourself)” propaganda, who’s killed more?]

  • Macbill

    Did they rent the theater for their showing? Who pays for the performance?