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

Oct 2, 2021 by

from Christian Today:

A Christian counselling ministry is urging the government not to go ahead with its planned conversion therapy ban after a major report said it should cover religious practices including “spoken prayer”.

The Cooper Report also says there should be no exemptions for “consenting adults” or prayers for the “healing” of same-sex attracted people.

The report was commissioned by the Jayne Ozanne Foundation and is supported by a number of parliamentarians and lawyers.

It claims that an exemption for “religious conversion practices” like “an act of spoken prayer directed at an individual with the predetermined purpose of suppressing, curing or changing their sexual orientation or gender identity, would undermine the efficacy of the prohibition”.

“For the same reason, there can be no exemptions for ‘consenting’ adults who seek out conversion practices despite the harm involved,” it continues.

“This is because the pressures and imbalance of power involved mean that such ‘consent’ cannot be truly free or autonomously exercised. Allowing these to continue would put a significant number of vulnerable people at risk.”

Writing in the foreward to the report, Baroness Kennedy QC, Chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, said so-called conversion therapy practices were “degrading and inhumane”, and “must be criminalised in all their forms”.

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