“We have been inundated with messages of support for our stance after Christian Voice issued a press release which has received national coverage on radio, TV and in the newspapers. In response we are vigorously asserting our customer’s ethical policy.
“The Co-operative Bank has asked Christian Voice to close its account following a review of their activities. Anyone visiting the Christian Voice website will see that it is engaged in discriminatory pronouncements, based on the grounds of sexual orientation. 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.
“The Bank believes in respect for all sectors of society and its approach to Christian Voice is based purely on the issue of diversity and not on the grounds of religion. Indeed, the Bank’s mission statement clearly states that: “it is non-partisan in all social, political, racial and religious matters.
“The Co-operative Bank respects everyone’s right to freedom of thought on all religious matters. What it cannot tolerate, and what its customers will not tolerate, is any form of discrimination, violence, harassment or abuse directed at any section of society. “
The Co-operative Bank
Christian Voice comment:
The Co-operative Bank supports diversity, except, that is, the diversity of those who say that diversity should not include perversion. The Co-op respects everyone’s freedom of religion, except that of Bible-believing Christians. They cannot tolerate discrimination, at all, against any section of society, whatsoever. Er, except against those whose views they simply don’t like.