Christian Voice was asked to move its business on because its 'discriminatory pronouncements' (The Sunday Times, 26 June) were deemed inappropriate for a bank proud of its commitment to 'diversity and dignity' (ekklesia.co.uk, 25 June).
Co-operative Bank's message attracted general endorsement, but there were dissenters, Stephen Green of Christian Voice being the most vocal.
He described the bank's actions as those of 'politically correct bully-boys' (Manchester Online, 24 June).
A contrary viewpoint also emerged from The Daily Telegraph, which referred to the 'amusing clash' between 'evangelical Christianity and evangelical political correctness' (25 June).
For the Co-operative network, the bank's moral stand also had savvy timing, coming just days before its sister organisation, Co-operative Insurance Services, announced a new ethical policy, "Ethics priority at insurance giant" (Daily Mail, 27 June).
Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow. www.echoresearch.com www.newsnow.co.uk.