‘Conversion therapy’ ban: latest

May 17, 2021 by

News and comment following the government’s promise to bring a bill to Parliament to ‘ban conversion therapy’, as mentioned briefly in the Queen’s Speech:

(Newer items at the top)

What’s wrong with banning ‘conversion therapy’? from Christian Concern

The problem with the ‘born gay’ theoryby Gavin Ashenden, Christian Today

Canadian Psychotherapist Says That School Teachers are Cultivating Transgender Kids by Wyatt Claypool, The National Telegraph

Born gay? Sam Salter: ‘Finding my true identity’, by Rebekah Moffett, Christian Concern: Since first sharing his story of finding freedom from homosexual desires with X-Out-Loud Europe, Sam Salter has been vocal about his experiences of what others label ‘conversion therapy’ and the need not to ban it.

Will we soon see pastors prosecuted for saying the Lord’s Prayer? by Julian Mann, Christian Today

[Read Jayne Ozanne’s reply in Christian Today here:

…neither I nor anyone else are seeking to ban the Lord’s Prayer. I am however seeking a ban on any religious practice that is focused on an individual with a predetermined outcome that tells them that they cannot be anything other than heterosexual or cis-gendered. This includes any prayer that causes someone to suppress …who God has made them to be. ]

Ex-gay Milo Yiannopoulos delivers message of hope: ‘Born this way’ is a lie. You can changeby Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite

Christian Institute ‘alarmed’ at calls for ‘gentle non-coercive prayer’ to be included in conversion therapy banby Kelly Valencia, Premier

Thinking about harm, by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian: “In his recent article on the issue of the proposed banning of conversion therapy published on the Via Media website, the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, argues that in thinking about this issue we need to focus on the issue of harm…I have two problems with this argument.”

Bishop of Manchester threatens orthodox AnglicansBy Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream:

“It’s one thing for the Bishop of Manchester to disagree with the sexual ethics of the Christian church down the ages. He is going much further than that – in his support for a ban on all forms of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ he is campaigning for the criminalisation of many of his own faithful clergy who hold to the traditional view.”

‘Conversion therapy and you’: Psychologist and researcher, Dr Christopher Rosik, along with Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre and Dr Carys Moseley from Christian Concern reflect on the UK’s drift towards banning therapeutic choice. Join Mike Davidson and Laura Haynes for Episode 5 of this video series examining Conversion Therapy. From Core Issues Trust and IFTCC

Liz Truss says “fundamental differences” led to disbandment of LGBT advisory panel by Zoya Raza-Sheikh, Gay Times

More Britons than ever before identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, by Hugo Greenhalgh, Reuters [but still less than 3% – Ed.]

Co-author of new study explains why homosexual conversion therapy works by Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite

The Government is digging itself deep into trouble over conversion therapyby Peter Lynas, Conservative Home

Statement to the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People Newspapersfrom Core Issues Trust: “The Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People have notified Core Issues Trust that they are to publish this weekend (Sunday 16 May 2021) an article intended to incriminate the Trust following the undercover activities of their reporter Joe Willis. The Trust has issued this statement:…

[The Mirror article, combining material obtained by deception from Core Issues Trust with re-hashed examples of pastorally insensitive counselling, can be seen here.]

Bench of Bishops welcomes proposed ban of gay conversion therapyfrom Church in Wales

Once conversion therapy is criminalised, the pulpit will be nextby Julian Mann, Christian Today:

Government urged to safeguard prayer in conversion therapy banfrom Christian Today: Christians are calling on the Government to ensure that its plans to ban conversion therapy do not stop Christians from being able to pray with people who request it.

Christians invited to give their opinion on government plans to ban gay conversion therapy, from Premier

Gender-identity counselling is not ‘conversion therapy’by Joanna Williams, spiked: A government ban on conversion therapy could lead yet more children down the trans path.

We don’t need a new law against ‘conversion therapy’by Douglas Murray, Spectator

Conversion therapy ban: Campaigners dismayed over delayfrom BBC News

Christian counsellor challenges politician over conversion therapy ‘torture’ claimsfrom Christian Today

Ex-gay man writes to MLAs after facing criticism in assembly debate on gay conversion therapyby Philip Bradfield, Belfast News Letter

CI threatens legal challenge over ban on ‘wrong kind of prayer’from The Christian Institute

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