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Charity Commission to investigate charities claiming to change people's sexuality

ITV News uncovered two charities in the UK that still use gay conversion therapy

2018-11-16

Words: Steve Brown

The Charity Commission is looking into two charities who claimed to be able to change people’s sexuality.

In an undercover sting by ITV News, the reporter secretly films himself meeting with Pastor Gbenga Samuel - a pastor at one of the UK's largest churches the Pentecostal Winners' Chapel in Dartford - who claims they can help people stop being gay.

In one video, two pastors from the church can be seen spinning the reporter around on the floor, telling him: “Let there be a release! Let the fire come upon him!”

Then, Samuel is filmed comparing how the Nazis persuaded boys to kill Jewish men and women in the gas chambers during World War Two to the promotion of homosexuality.

Samuel asked the journalist: “During World War II, how was Hitler able to get boys to gas millions of Jews in the gas chamber?

“These boys were specially trained in special school where it was played over to them, over and over, during the day and during the night, the propaganda that the Jews are the bad people, and they should be exterminated.”

Despite the UK government promising to crack down on gay conversion therapy, it appears the archaic practice still happens in religious groups around the country.

Now, a spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: “We are aware of serious concerns regarding Journey UK and World Mission Agency – Winners Chapel International.

“The public rightly expect charities to be places in which people can feel safe and free from harm, so reports of this nature are of serious concern to the Commission.

“We are currently assessing information as a matter of urgency and will be engaging with trustees in order to determine our next step.”