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UK bank accused of bullying after closing church leader's account over transgender comments

by Marcus Jones
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Filling Station

An Anglican minister has had his bank account closed after raising concerns over Yorkshire Building Society's promotion of transgenderism.

Rev Richard Fothergill, who leads the Filling Station network, sent an online message to YBS in response to a request for feedback.

In it, the 62-year-old, who's had an account for 17 years, complained that the company shouldn't be promoting a transgender ideology.

Four days later, he received a letter stating his account would be closed.

Speaking to The Times, he said: "They are a financial house – they are not there to do social engineering. I think they should concentrate their efforts on managing money, instead of promoting LGBT ideology.

“I know cancel culture exists and this is my first-hand experience of it. I wouldn’t want this bullying to happen to anyone else.”

Responding to his claims, a spokesperson said: “We never close savings accounts based on different opinions regarding beliefs or feedback provided by our customers.

"We only ever make the difficult decision to close a savings account if a customer is rude, abusive, violent or discriminates in any way, based on the specific facts, comments and behaviour in each case.”

The story comes just days after Christian charity Core Issues Trust received a payout from Barclays over the closure of its bank account as part of a settlement to avoid a court case.

The Core Issues Trust offers support to men and women who have unwanted same-sex attraction.

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