Melbourne: The conversation around banning and enforcing conversion

Sep 17, 2020 by

by Murray Campbell: While we have been addressing a global pandemic, there is another issue which continues to quietly work behind the scenes. One of the Victorian Government commitments is to introduce legislation to ban conversion practices. They reaffirmed their intention as recently as June 2020 in the Discussion Paper for the Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy. Victoria had a reputation for wanting to be the vanguard for progressive sexual ethics in Australia. In recent weeks both the ACT and...

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Elton John’s story reveals why many seek out help

Aug 27, 2020 by

By Peter May, Church of England Newspaper: In his autobiography, “Me” (Macmillan, 2019),to be published In paperback this autumn Elton John describes vividly the traumas and chaos of his personal life. His story is very relevant to the current debate about “Conversion therapy” in which he plays a significant part. Born in 1947, his father was a flight lieutenant in the RAF and often away from home. He writes very negatively about him. His father saw emotion as a weakness. He never expressed...

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The flawed logic of the ‘conversion therapy’ inquisition

Aug 2, 2020 by

by Paul Huxley, Christian Concern: We’ve recently shared that Core Issues Trust is to have its bank accounts closed following a concerted campaign accusing the group of ‘conversion therapy’. In reality, Core Issues Trust is a Christian ministry that helps people who want to move away from feelings and behaviours of same-sex attraction. But it isn’t just banks that are clamping down on Core Issues Trust or similar groups. There are wider efforts to de-platform from social media sites all those...

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Why don’t ex-gays’ stories count?

Jul 31, 2020 by

by Michael Brown, Christian Post: What is it that makes the very existence of ex-gays so dangerous? And why is there a concerted, worldwide effort to block professional counseling for those with unwanted same-sex attractions? Before you think I’m exaggerating, consider the following examples. In England, Barclays Bank announced it was closing the account of a Christian charity after protest from LGBTQ activists. The charity, Core Issues Trust (CIT), was accused of practicing “conversion...

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Ozanne YouGov Poll Challenged

Jul 30, 2020 by

Letter in the Church of England Newspaper: Regarding the Ozanne YouGov Poll (Church of England Newspaper 24 July), the influential NSS survey was totally invalidated by some fatal flaws such as the fact that 52% of the participants were LGBT.  To be representative of the population it should have been about 2%, a clear indication that many were her camp followers, who knew which boxes to tick. Presumably to strengthen the case for her key objective – a therapy ban – she has now...

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Are We Living Out Romans 1?

Feb 28, 2020 by

by Rosaria Butterfield, Desiring God: I was 35 years old, called myself a lesbian, and worked as an activist and English professor in New York when I first encountered these words from Romans 1: God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions....

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