Welcome to Core Issues Trust
Core Issues Trust's participation at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation's Human Dimension Implementation Meeting,
2nd October, 2014 13h15-15h15:
"Speaking up in Britain: Rights of Religious conscience, expression and speech in an aggressive secular state. Are Christian values offensive and discriminatory?"
As Britain revokes the influence of its Christian Heritage in the public space and judiciary, centuries-old freedoms of conscience, expression and speech are being challenged and trumped.
Two recent and ongoing cases illustrate the decline of these freedoms and the difficulty of fair representation in the courts and professional bodies. Dr Mike Davidson, Director of Core Issues trust (CIT) will report on two cases associated with the Trust: “Core Issues Trust versus Transport for London (TFL)” in the UK High Court since 2012, and an ongoing dispute with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)/British Psychodrama Association (BPA). Both cases highlight difficulties in representing orthodox Christian values around human sexuality in an aggressively secular state.
Paul Diamond, barrister to the Christian Legal Centre will discuss recent cases on the legal issues related to the expression and promotion of Christian values in Britain. He is one of the foremost British barristers on religious liberty having appeared both in the House of Lords and in the European Court of Human Rights; including Eweida v United Kingdom.
About Core Issues Trust...
Core is a non-profit Christian ministry supporting men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression. It respects the rights of individuals who identify as 'gay' who do not seek change, and supports dignity for LGBT persons. It does not support gay "marriage" - usually considered an "equality" issue, premised on the belief that being gay is "biological" and is therefore unchangeable. Core Issues Trust offers one-to-one support for individuals volunarily seeking to leave homosexual behaviours and feelings. Please read our "Statement on Prejudice". The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2014) has recently affirmed that human sexuality is fluid for some, and therefore changeable in some cases. Core Issues Trust promotes the idea that individuals are not "victims" of their sexual desires.
Andrea Williams, CEO Christian Legal Centre on Bus Case 30 July, 2014
NEW THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT FOR UNWANTED SSA In BELFAST and LONDON
Consulting rooms for men and women who want therapeutic support to help them move away from same-sex attraction, (denied to them by the UK Professional Mental Health Bodies) were dedicated at the headquarters of the Christian Charity, Core Issues Trust (CIT) in Belfast on Sunday 15th June, 2014. Similar services are available in London. The Trust is an affiliate member of the Association of Christian Counsellors, but in a statement the trust has declined to support the ACC's view that clients may not work to reduce or eliminate unwanted homosexual feelings, nor therapists assist them. As a Christian Charity recognised for tax purposes by HMRC based in Northern Ireland and operating in both Belfast and London, CIT also holds institutional memberships in the Evangelical Alliance (EA), and with the International Federtion for Therapeutic Choice (IFTC), a branch of the USA-based National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).
The dedication was attended by Dr Christopher Rosik, President-elect of the US National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (foreground left), Professor Robert Gagnon, of Pittsburg Theological Seminary (foreground right), and CEO of Restored Hope Network now representing more than 40% of ministries based in the USA, Anne Paulk( back left) and others. Rev Rodney Stout (Ballynahinch Baptist) and Professor Robert Gagnon offered dedicatory prayers.
Core Issues Trust Counselling - with Jake Finchley (actor), taking the role of client in this illustrative video
Dermot Ocallaghan "Strange Bedfellows:The Professional Mental Health Bodies and Campaingners- Stonewall and 'Pink Therapy' (ppt here).
Dr Christopher Rosik, President-elect, NARTH (2012-2014) "Scientific Integrity and the Issue of Harm: the Triumph of Advocacy over Science" (ppt here) Friday 13th June, 'Debunking the Myths' Conference, Westminster.
Dr Mike Davidson discusses gay "conversion therapy" (sic) on Sky News, March 2014.
Above is a helpful new video from the USA (Family Watch International cf Policy Brief on SOCE) exposing the mistaken notion of banning therapeutic support from mental health professionals for individuals who aspire to reduce their homosexual feelings or, where possible, change their sexual patterning.
Core Issues Trust campaigns for the freedoms of men an women who, although may have experieinced homosexual feelings and behaviours, are unwilling to be forced into accepting that homosexual practice is innate, and immutable.
Dr Mike Davidson has was recently removed from the trainee register of the British Psychodrama Association (BPA) on instruction by the UKCP which sought to expel him. His expulsion relates to views he expressed on the BBC that for some people homosexuality is changeable and that with informed consent, those seeking to reduce homosexual feelings where possible, should be supported by therapists. Consider the voices of Catholic Christians in the video "The Third Way".
Some other voices to consider ...
I didn't choose my homosexual feelings, but I knew I had choices around these feelings...
Sexual Identities and the right of Choice: "The Big Questions" BBC 1
The Core Vision and Core Values and ethical statements recognise that sexual expression outside of marriage between one man and one woman, and homosexual genital expression is not God’s will for His people. Resource material cited on this site can be purchased from the online bookstore. The Core Learning Community provides a secure, online learning site providing a place for those coming out of homosexuality, and those who support them, to connect and learn from one another.
BBC World News, 2013
Further perspectives on the bus case
Recent Debate in Parliament, 30 January 2013
Dr Mike Davidson and Peter Tatchell in Parliamentary Debate
Sexual reorientation therapy: Freedom to change?Should people be able to change their sexual orientation? committee Room 11, House of Commons Wednesday 30th January 2013: 10.30, Westminster
‘Beyond Critique: The Misuse of Science by UK Professional Mental Health Bodies – A Briefing Seminar. Wednesday 30th January, 2013: 1.30 for 2.00-4.30. Westminster.
Protest outside Stonewall's Conference, July 2012: British Library
Protest at 7th Annual Stonewall Conference, July, 2012
In July 2012, we raised concerns about Stonewall's insistance that the root of bullying in UK schools is "homophobic" in nature. There is a very narrow line between education about homosexuality and its promotion through social engineering, or indoctrination. We call on the government to ensure that children are not socialised into homosexual practice because no alternatives are presented through the curriculum, and because the voice of non-practising homosexuals and "ex-gays" is silenced.