Christian counsellor challenges politician over conversion therapy ‘torture’ claims

May 9, 2021 by

from Christian Today:

The head of a charity that offers counselling to people struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction has hit out at claims of torture in a recent debate in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mike Davidson, CEO of the Core Issues Trust, said his lawyers have been in touch with Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie after he likened counselling offered by the charity to torture.

Referencing the charity in a debate on conversion therapy on 20 April, Beattie quoted UN independent expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz, who has said that “actions to subject lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans or gender-diverse persons to practices of ‘conversion therapy’ are by their very nature degrading, inhuman and cruel and create a significant risk of torture.”

Beattie told the Assembly, “‘A significant risk of torture’, ‘inhuman’, ‘cruel’: those are words that should shake us all to the core when we think that some of our people here in Northern Ireland — our brothers and our sisters, our sons and our daughters, our teachers, our policeman, our nurses and our doctors — are subjected, or could be subjected, to that. It should shake us all, yet it is happening here in Northern Ireland.

“We have a charity, with charitable status and everything that goes with that status, conducting conversion therapies here in Northern Ireland.

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