The Christian Institute is urging the Government to protect religious freedom after a debate on conversion therapy in Parliament.
Prayer was mentioned several times in the debate, which was held in response to a petition demanding that the Government criminalise conversion therapy and make it illegal to send people overseas for it. The petition was signed over 256,000 times.
Dame Angela Eagle said: “Being told by faith leaders or your family that you are sinful, evil, and disordered for being yourself creates self-loathing and trauma that only the strongest can survive.
“Being told to pray harder to change and to question your innermost feelings and thoughts, and being taught to hate yourself—none of that should be legal.
“Conversion therapy certainly causes untold damage and trauma for those who encounter it.
“Many survivors need specialist help because of the damage that that unethical and degrading process has caused. The Government must end the delay and bring the ban forward now.”
SNP MP Alyn Smith claimed that “the only people who are speaking in defence of conversion therapy are quacks, bigots and bullies”.
“They need to be called out for what they are, and their dreadful activities and consequences criminalised,” he said.
SNP MP John Nicholson also claimed that those practising or supporting conversion therapy were “bigots”.
“‘Pray away the gay,’ cry some religious groups, who somehow see no contradiction with the command that thou shalt love thy neighbour,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Today