The Evening Standard has been criticised by online commenters for running an ad from a group that advocates 'pray away the gay' therapies.
On Wednesday morning, the print edition of the Evening Standard ran the ad for a church group promising a day of “healing, salvation, deliverance, yoke breaking” and more at the ExCeL in London on Saturday.
The ad, first spotted by Buzzfeed News, promoted the Women’s Deliverance Programme, overseen by founder Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, a published author with numerous books looking to touch down with people "caught in the bondage" of "homosexuality, lesbianism, masturbation, prostitution".
In his book, the Unlimited God, he wrote the following passage: “We can see the way the Bible handles the issue. The Bible refers to homosexuals and lesbians as dogs. Anyone who has ever engaged in these kinds of things would need to receive deliverance from the spirit of the dog, which has entered into him or her.”
On its website, the organisation hosting the event, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Worldwide, describes itself as follows: “We are a groundbreaking non-denominational fellowship committed to raising up an army of prayer warriors fully geared up to totally expose the activities of darkness preparatory to the coming of the end-time revival...
“We are deeply committed to absolute holiness as the greatest spiritual germicide and as a pre-condition for heaven.”
The Evening Standard's editorial department was contacted by Buzzfeed has flagged up the ad to its advertising department.