Christian Groups Express Concern Over UK Proposal to Ban Therapy for Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction

Christian organizations in the United Kingdom are expressing concern and opposition to a proposed law that would ban counseling and therapies for patients with unwanted same-sex attraction.

Following a national survey of approximately 108,000 individuals who claimed to identify as LGBT, the U.K. government is considering what the BBC described on Tuesday as “all legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting conversion therapy.”

In response to the news, the London-based organization Christian Concern released a statement arguing that such a ban would violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Restricting therapy would violate freedom of speech of both clients and therapists, as well as third parties such as supervisors of therapists,” the group said. “A situation would arise whereby a state had prohibited free speech on human sexuality, behaviour and feelings in private and confidential conversations as well as public settings, essentially because LGBT activists consider the words that might be said to be offensive.”

In addition to freedom of speech, Christian Concern also warned that a possible ban would curb the freedoms of expression, information, assembly, association, and conscience.

“Many people choose to seek therapy to move away from LGBT identification for reasons of conscience. Many professionals in this field are also following their conscience in providing such services,” continued the group.

“It is important to state that not all of these clients or professionals would be religious. In recent years the misleading impression has arisen in the media that conscientious objection to same-sex sexual behaviour and transgender identification is only held by religious people, whereas in fact survey evidence suggests objections are more widely held.”

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Source: Christian Post