A ban on conversion therapy “will consider Christian parents who stop children seeking transgender treatment as a crime.”

The Rainbow Flag as a GP in Northern Ireland welcomed the government's move to ban

Rainbow Flag as Northern Ireland GP welcomed government move to ban “gay conversion” therapy-Daniel Lille-Olivas / Pennsylvania

Government Prohibition of conversion therapy Christian parents who want to stop children seeking transgender treatment will be considered a crime, a key minister of the Anglican Church warned.

In a formal legal opinion sent to the minister last week, prominent human rights lawyer Philip Havers QC said that banning conversion therapy should maintain birth gender in children suspected of being gender. I wrote that it would unintentionally make it illegal.

The evangelical minister of the Anglican congregation in Bristol, Ed Show, can change the law to “close freedom of speech, conscience, and religion” of his like-minded followers. Said.

For years, Downing Street has argued that it intends to legislate conversion therapy (an effort to change or curb someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity) against the law. Proposal has not been submitted yet.

Last month 3 LGBT advisors stop posting He protested late and accused the minister of pulling on the matter and failing the gay community.

Legal opinion is for Christians Gender identity disorder They should accept their bodies as they are and the pastor should preach on the Bible’s position on same-sex marriage.

All of the proposed definitions of conversion therapy “criminalize at least some (and in some cases all) of these scenarios, unless certain exemptions apply to faith-based activities, including within the family,” said Havers. There is a possibility. “

Philip Havers QC-Martin Pope

Philip Havers QC-Martin Pope

Described himself as “homosexual,” Shaw, who is single, said he enthusiastically supported the ban on harmful practices such as hormone therapy and forced demonism, but something more radical for activists. I was deeply concerned that I was asking for.

He argued that if the government ban was similar to that promoted by activists, it would also criminalize preaching on sensitive pastoral care based on sexuality or consensus.

“Also, Christians may be increasingly wary of sharing such views for fear of prosecution, which could affect a wider population. In other words, the ban is broader. It can have a chilling effect, “Habers wrote.

According to a respected lawyer, the loose law prohibits not only church leaders and therapists, but also families from doing anything, such as against the child’s desire to find. Transgender treatment – This may later be interpreted as suppressing a child’s sexuality or gender identity.

It will also allow homosexuals who hear a preaching against homosexual marriage to claim that the minister is in breach of the law in an attempt to curb their sexuality.

Therefore, Mr. Havers concluded that the ban on conversion therapy was equivalent to “illegal interference” with some provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to religious freedom.

Not only is Shaw unable to teach the official Anglican doctrine of marriage, but he also counseles church members seeking help resisting the temptation to deceive their spouse and confuses the congregation. It is also forbidden to help. Their gender.

“From the perspective of a Christian minister, this is just creating a climate of horror,” Shaw warned. He added that if the government passed legislation, he would have to challenge it under human rights law.

“I want a proper and targeted law that stops the compulsory efforts to change sexuality. You don’t have to be heterosexual to be a better Christian,” he said. It was.

“But stop receiving teaching and pastoral care to help people like me live with my sexuality in the light of what I believe to be crazy. “

But Jane Ozanne, Christian activist for conversion therapy ban, His side of the debate dismissed Mr Shaw’s intervention as a sign of “rattling.”

“People who want to continue the harmful and degrading practices of conversion therapy are rattling and looking for ways to continue this practice, including commenting on unpublished laws,” she said. It was.

She added that religious freedom is not an absolute right and must be reduced when it is harmful. “Conversion therapy has been declared torture by the International Council for Rehabilitation for Torture Victims. Those who claim to be entitled to harm are terribly misunderstood.”

In 2017, the Anglican General Synod resolved to condemn conversion therapy and called on the government to ban it. When asked if the Church would support the idea of ​​a ban religious exemption to protect pastors and Christian parents, spokespersons said they “see any particular government proposal when they are published.” Told.

A spokesperson for the Government Equalities Office also refused to comment on legal views, but said: As part of this process, we will engage with various stakeholders and submit suggestions shortly. “

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