Banning conversion therapy: a step too far or not far enough?

Nov 11, 2021 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today:

The UK government has outlined some of the details of its proposed conversion therapy ban and, to say the least, they are interesting. For those who wish to engage you can have your say on their equality hub, and I hope that many church leaders will because this law has the potential to be a real trojan horse for discrimination and abuse.

In a nutshell, the government is proposing legislation:

  • targeting physical acts conducted in the name of conversion therapy
  • targeting talking conversion therapy with a new criminal offence; and
  • producing a package of holistic measures, such as conversion therapy protection orders, new support for victims, restricting promotion, removing profit streams, and strengthening the case for disqualification from holding a senior role in a charity.

To some it seems pretty draconian – although it does all depend on what you mean by conversion therapy. After all, would anyone argue against banning physical coercion? But to others it is far too weak.

From a Christian perspective there are three interesting observations.

Read here

The Christian Institute has produced ‘Help with responding to the UK Govt consultation on ‘conversion therapy’

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