Affinity Director writes to the Prime Minister regarding ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Mar 20, 2021 by

from Affinity:

Affinity Director Graham Nicholls has today written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to express the concern of many thousands of Christians in the UK about the likely unintended consequences of proposed legislation to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

This is the text of his letter:

Dear Prime Minister,

I am the Director of Affinity, a network of about 1,200 churches and Christian agencies across the UK. You can read more about us on our website and social media pages.

We understand your government is planning to bring forward new laws against so-called “conversion therapy” and we want to strongly urge you to provide safeguards within any new legislation to protect normal church activities such as preaching, prayer, Bible study and conversations between consenting adults about sexual practice and gender identity.

Some campaigning organisations such as “Ban Conversion Therapy” would like to make illegal “any form of counselling or persuading someone to change their sexual orientation or behaviour so as to conform with a heteronormative lifestyle or their gender identity”. Recent debates in parliament and media comment have made it clear that efforts to promote or encourage an orthodox approach to marriage and sexuality would be in scope of such a ban, and religious settings would explicitly targeted.

You will no doubt be aware of the traditional Christian teaching on marriage, therefore such legislation would pose a substantial threat to the freedom of Christians to practise everyday aspects of their faith; it puts ministers in jeopardy when they preach an orthodox position on sexuality and church members at risk when they pray for each other. Even a private conversation between two friends on the topic could fall foul of such a law.

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