CI threatens legal challenge over ban on ‘wrong kind of prayer’

May 5, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute:

The Christian Institute has threatened the Government with legal action if a proposed conversion therapy ban outlaws the ‘wrong kind of prayer’.

In a detailed legal opinion for the Institute, Jason Coppel QC confirmed that activists’ proposed definitions of the law would criminalise the ordinary work of churches.

He warned that prayer, evangelism, church membership, baptism and communion could all breach a broad conversion therapy law like the one recently passed in Victoria, Australia.

Human rights law

Mr Coppel stated that such legislation would contravene UK human rights law, which protects “the freedom of church organisations to preach” [and] “require conformity” to its beliefs on sexual ethics and gender identity.

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