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Conversion therapy ban: MP demands ‘no religious exemptions’

August 2021 | by Evangelical Times

Jayne Ozanne
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An MP has called for there to be no religious exemptions in the government’s forthcoming ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

Speaking in a debate about LGBT Pride Month, Labour’s Angela Eagle said the government ‘must introduce a ban on conversion therapy, with no religious exemptions and no loopholes’.

A ban on conversion therapy means it would be illegal to encourage someone to resist acting upon gay or transgender temptations.

Unless religious exemptions are included, preaching, praying, pastoring – and even parenting – in line with biblical teaching could be illegal.

The government has promised to introduce a ban, but has said it is complex. The government says it does not want ordinary religious practices to become unlawful.

However, campaigners are pushing hard for a complete ban. One leading activist, Jayne Ozanne, has called for ‘gentle non-coercive prayer’ on sexual ethics to be made illegal.

But Boris Johnson said in April, ‘I do not want to see clergy and church members criminalised for normal non-coercive activity.’

Meanwhile in Scotland a consultation on a ban on conversion therapy has been launched.

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