Liz Truss: Free speech about religion must be protected in conversion therapy ban

Dec 3, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute:

The Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss has affirmed the Government’s stance that free speech and religious liberty should be protected from an overly-broad conversion therapy ban.

She was responding to Labour MP Kate Osborne, who asked whether the ban would cover “non-physical conversion practices in religious settings, including prayer”.

The Minister replied that, while the ban sought to prevent coercion, it was “also important to protect freedom of speech, the ability of adults to consent and the freedom to express the teachings” of religious groups.

‘Hazy’ consultation

The exchange came as the Government’s consultation on a proposed ban enters its final days before closing on 10 December.

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Read also: Conversion therapy ban: A response to calls to outlaw ‘hate prayer’ by Andrea Williams, Christian Today

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