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All articles & reviews tagged with conversion-therapy

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January 2022
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Comment: Our duty to God must come first

Our duty to God must come first Over 2,000 church leaders have signed a measured and sensible letter calling on the government not to criminalise the ordinary pastoral work of churches when it comes to matters of sexual ethics or gender identity. But as the letter so rightly says, if it effectively becomes a…

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January 2022
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Canada: Bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ is fast-tracked into law

Canada has become the latest nation to ban ‘conversion therapy’ after a bill was passed by the Commons and the Senate. The new law makes it illegal for anyone to ‘repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour’. Critics say the law – which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years – could…

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January 2022
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Over 2,200 pastors say they would be willing to break a ban on conversion therapy

A letter signed by over 2,200 church leaders has been sent to the government, saying pastors are willing to break the law if a ban on ‘conversion therapy’ stops them from preaching biblical truth. The government is considering a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’, which could criminalise anyone who preaches, prays, or pastors in…

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December 2021
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Encouraging words, but where’s the detail?

It is encouraging to read what the government has written in its public consultation document on criminalising so-called ‘conversion therapy’. They say they don’t want to catch ordinary church practices. Nor do they intend to stop parents from bringing up their children in accordance with biblical values. And they say, ‘simply expressing the teachings…

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December 2021
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Consultation to ban ‘conversion therapy’ will end this month

A public consultation on government proposals to criminalise so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in England and Wales will end on 10 December. A ban has the potential to interfere with aspects of evangelical preaching, praying, pastoral counselling, and even parenting. Campaigners want a complete ban so that it will be a criminal offence to attempt to…

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Criminalising Christians

Activists demand the most religiously repressive law the UK has seen in centuries The idea of inflicting electro-shock treatment on gay people to try to change their sexuality is so repugnant that no rational or decent person would defend it. That’s what most of us think of when people talk about banning “conversion therapy”.…

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November 2021
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Human rights lawyers want ‘tracking systems’ to monitor pastors who do ‘conversion therapy’

A new report signed by some of the country’s top human rights lawyers says evangelical Christians should be banned from certain forms of prayer. The report, which calls for a complete ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’, also says ‘intelligence gathering and tracking systems’ should be developed to identify repeat offenders. It acknowledges there will…

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