‘Conversion therapy’ ban: latest

May 17, 2021 by

The government’s consultation on the proposed ban on ‘conversion therapy’ is now open and can be found here. The deadline is 10th December 2021. News, analysis and comment below.

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The twisted logic of ‘conversion therapy’ critics (video)

Ending conversion therapy? From Evangelical Alliance:
Earlier in the year we wrote to the Prime Minister warning that a badly focused and worded policy could pose a significant threat to religious liberty and personal freedoms.

Unpacking research into the prevalence of conversion therapy by therapists in the UK, by Peter Jenkins, Transgender Trend

Groups clash over lobbying MLAs on gay conversion therapy ban, by Philip Bradfield, Belfast News Letter:
Dr Mike Davidson said: “Our campaign was thought necessary given the failure of media in the UK to platform voices supporting the view that sexuality is fluid, and in some cases changeable.” However LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell said: “People cannot change their sexuality”.

Banning conversion therapy: a step too far or not far enough? by David Robertson, Christian Today

UK Govt consultation on ‘conversion therapy’: respond today, from The Christian Institute:
LGBT activists want a repressive law that would affect the everyday work of churches and restrict freedom of speech generally. It is crucial that the Government hears reasoned arguments from Christians about what is at stake if the law goes too far.

Debunking a Fallacy: New Study Shows Therapy for Undesired Same-sex Attraction “Can Be Effective, Beneficial, and Not Harmful”, by Andre Van Mol, MD, Christian Medical & Dental Associations

‘Loving people is allowing them to have these conversations’: Christian Concern’s Head of Public Policy, Tim Dieppe, spoke to LBC Radio about the possible ban.

Sexuality in Crisis – Where is the Science? by Dr Peter May, Core Issues Trust:
Professor Michael King, who recently died, influenced the Royal College of Psychiatry to hold that sexual orientation is innate and unchangeable. He changed his mind – but by then LGBT ideology, not science, was informing societal change and government policy.

‘You’re a disgrace’: radio host clashes with pastor over prayers for those with unwanted same-sex attraction, from Premier

Criminalising Christians, by Simon Calvert, The Critic: Activists demand the most religiously repressive law the UK has seen in centuries.

In praise of conversion, by Matthew Roberts, The Critic
True humanity is found not by looking inwards but by looking upwards; not from following your heart but following the Son of God. Jesus’ mission was and is to “convert” us from the former to the latter. It is this turn from self to God… which “conversion therapy” campaigners apparently want to make illegal.

Therapists must be allowed to question gender identity by Maya Forstater, UnHerd

WEBINAR: ‘Conversion therapy’ consultation – How to take part, The Christian Institute

A summary of the government’s consultation on conversion therapy, Peter Lynas, Evangelical Alliance

Watch:  LGB Alliance’s Malcolm Clark tells Talk Radio’s Julia Hartley-Brewer “Gay conversion therapy is rare in the UK, what’s not rare is huge numbers of young people convinced they are trans. This will soar if you criminalise normal exploratory therapy.”

Criminalising Christians by Simon Calvert, The Critic

Watch: Why ‘conversion therapy’ bans are harmful | Round the Table with Christian Concern

The pernicious power of prayer, by Simon Calvert, TCW: “The Ban Conversion Therapy (BCT) campaign makes no secret of wanting ordinary church activities such as prayer to be brought within the ambit of a conversion therapy ban. They specifically want to outlaw ‘gentle non-coercive prayer’.”

Conversion therapy ban: Government ‘committed to outlawing’ practice by Spring 2022, LGBT rights envoy says, by Jasmine Andersson, iNews

Why discrimination is not the way forward – A response to the Cooper report on ‘conversion practices.’ by Martin Davie

Ozanne Foundation wants state surveillance of Christian ministries , by Carys Moseley, Christian Concern

[Meanwhile, what about…]   Life beyond LGBT

from Christian Today: X-Outloud is a growing network across Europe of people who are no longer LGBT and a collection of their testimonies can be found in the ministry’s new book.

How (Not) To Ban Conversion TherapyBy Andrew Bunt, Think Theology: The harm done by conversion practices is central to the argument of the [Cooper] report: the harm done by such practices requires their immediate criminalisation and justifies necessary limits on freedom of religion, belief, and expression. However, the report fails to cite much evidence of this harm.

Respond to Welsh govt LGBTQ+ action planfrom Christian Concern: The Welsh Government is currently consulting on its draft LGBTQ+ Action Plan. Some of the proposed policies are very concerning, including the proposal to ban ‘LGBT conversion therapy’ in Wales for both adults and children.

Will we soon see state surveillance of Christian ministries? by Carys Moseley, Christian Today: The Cooper Report demands that the UK government should criminalize prayer and exorcism, and arrange for ‘intelligence gathering’, i.e. spying on ‘repeat offenders’ of ‘conversion practices’.

Conversion therapy ban: Government ‘committed to outlawing’ practice by Spring 2022, LGBT rights envoy saysby Jasmine Andersson, iNews: Lord Herbert, appointed in May to champion LGBT equality at home and abroad, is the first Government official to firm up a time the ban will take effect.

With a conversion therapy ban on the table, the threat of jail for Christians is realby David Robertson, Christian Today: The Cooper Report, just published by the Ozanne Foundation, argues that freedom of religion (eg prayer, and teaching of orthodox sexual ethics), and freedom of personal choice (eg seeking help with overcoming unwanted same sex attraction) should be curtailed in order to ‘prevent harm’. If this becomes law, will churches comply, keep their heads down, or resist?

Conversion therapy ban will be the ‘beginning of the end’ for Christian freedomsfrom Christian Today

Conversion therapy ban: Government ‘committed to outlawing’ practice by Spring 2022, LGBT rights envoy says, iNews

NEW ZEALAND: Confessing Anglican Bishop Condemns Prohibition of Conversion PracticesBy Bishop Jay Behan, VirtueOnline. [A comprehensive and clear submission to the NZ version of the Bill which Christian leaders in the UK would do well to emulate – Ed.]

‘My church didn’t know what to do with me’ – Libby’s transgender storyBy Libby Littlewood, Premier Christianity: During her teenage years Libby Littlewood pleaded with God to make her ‘feel like a girl’. With her prayers seemingly unanswered, she transitioned to live as a man aged 17, before being convicted by God to de-transition in her early twenties. Here’s her story in full.

‘X-OUT-LOUD: Emerging X LGBT Voices’: Great resource (100 page book) available now! Features 44 unique stories from 22 countries of men and women leaving LGBT identities. This collection of testimonies proves that change becomes possible when we encounter the risen Saviour.

A gay conversion therapy ban could be a threat to marriage supportersfrom Coalition for Marriage

Neither ‘straight’ nor honest – The Times’ undercover investigation into conversion therapy by Lynda Rose, Christian Today

Church in Wales Bishops endorse ban on “gay conversion therapy in all its forms”By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: The Bishops of the Church in Wales have made it clear that any Christian teaching, counselling or prayer which implies preference towards “heterosexual norms”, or which is not positive towards homosexual practice and gay or transgender identity, should be included in a legal ban.

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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