Boris Johnson has confirmed that churches in the UK can continue to pray for gay people who question their sexuality – despite plans to ban conversion therapy.
The Prime Minister said that all adults can continue to receive “adequate pastoral support including prayer” in religious settings to “explore their sexual orientation”.
He responded after Church leaders expressed concerns that Christians could be prosecuted if they were banned from praying for people who no longer want to be gay.
The Prime Minister told the Evangelical Alliance that he “takes freedom of speech and religion very seriously” while the government plans to ban conversion therapy.
And, therefore, he will not return calls from some LGBT activists who wanted a ban on any practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual identity, including prayer.
The government first announced that it would ban conversion therapy in 2018. Mr Johnson re-affirmed this last July, calling the practice “absolutely hideous.”
Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday) said that while “exploring their sexual orientation” in religious settings, all adults can still receive “adequate pastoral support including prayer”.
The Prime Minister told the Evangelical Alliance (whose British director Peter Lynas is pictured) that he “takes freedom of speech and religion very seriously”.
Then, in December 2020, more than 370 religious leaders from around the world, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, joined together in a statement in support of the ban.
But last month the EA protested against Mr Johnson that banning conversion therapy would prevent church ministers from preaching the virtues of chastity.
What is gay conversion therapy and how has it been used in the UK?
The term “conversion therapy” includes any treatment or psychotherapy that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
It has been criticized by LGBT activists for assuming that being gay is a mental illness that can be “cured”.
Some abusive practices have reportedly gone so far as to use electroshock treatment and even “corrective” rape.
The government pledged to ban the practice in 2018, and Boris Johnson confirmed it was still the case last July when he called it “absolutely hideous” and something that “has no place in civilized society, none.” Place in this country “.
The NHS and all major UK counseling and psychotherapy organizations have condemned conversion therapy in a memorandum of understanding.
However, a 2018 report by gay rights group Stonewall found that 5 percent of LGBT people were pressured to access services to question or change their sexual orientation when accessing health services.
Countries where conversion therapy is already banned include Brazil, Ecuador and Malta, while Canada, Chile and New Zealand are also trying to ban it.
A new law to end the practice of converting gay and lesbian people into heterosexuality would jeopardize freedom of expression and religion, but would do nothing to prevent abusive practices.
This intervention followed the resignation of three government advisors in a coup designed to push ministers to legislate.
In response, Gender Equality Minister Liz Truss described the conversion treatment as “hideous” and promised to propose a new law.
The warning of the introduction of a legal ban was sent to the Prime Minister by Peter Lynas, the UK director of EA, who represents Protestant factions in the Church of England and many evangelical churches.
According to some definitions, Mr Lynas said a ban would make it a crime to speak to someone who aims to “change their sexual orientation or behavior to suit a heteronormative lifestyle or gender identity”.
He said: “Proposals such as those currently being discussed could have the effect of restricting individual freedom and impairing essential religious freedom – potentially criminalizing Christians and communal church activities.
“Proposals for ending conversion therapy should not prevent people from seeking and receiving support for a chaste life.
“Any language suggesting a ban would mean the ‘suppression’ or ‘repression’ of sexuality. This would be an essential block in helping those who do not want to respond to their sexual attraction.”
“Ironically, those calling for a ban are promoting policies that discriminate against someone based on their sexuality and prevent someone who is gay from accessing counseling that is available to a straight person.”
He added: “A broad definition of conversion therapy and a ban on it would put church leaders at risk of criminal prosecution for preaching biblical texts on marriage and sexuality.
“We recognize the role that the Church has unfortunately played in the past in perpetuating stigma, discrimination and harm to people based on their sexuality.
Earlier this month, union leader Sir Keir Starmer apologized after attending a church in Brent, north London, which was widely criticized for its views on homosexuality
The LGBT + rights work campaign cited Sir Keir’s visit and post that hailed the Church as “unacceptable,” and Sir Keir then apologized in the tweet above (pictured).
“We oppose abusive practices and the use of electroshock and rape is clearly wrong and should be stopped.
“However, such practices should already be banned or illegal and treated as such under existing policies and laws.”
Government LGBT Advisory Board to be Disbanded, Says No. 10
The government’s LGBT advisory body has been disbanded, Downing Street confirmed.
The body set up by Theresa May’s government will be replaced by a new body numbered 10.
The panelists’ term was due to expire on March 31, but a number of members of the group had resigned earlier in protest of government policies.
The Prime Minister’s official spokeswoman said the Minister for Women and Equality, Liz Truss, had written to the remaining panelists thanking them for their service.
“The Prime Minister is extremely proud to live in a country that is one of the most progressive and liberal when it comes to LGBT equality,” the spokesman said.
‘The LGBT Advisory Board was established under the previous administration and the term of office of all panel members should always end on the 31st.
“The Minister for Women and Equality has written to all panelists to thank them for their contributions and plans to replace the panel will be set out in due course.”
Now Premier Christian Radio has reported that Mr Johnson has responded to the EA confirming that new laws do not cover prayer or pastoral support.
In his letter, the Prime Minister said: “I want to assure you that I take freedom of expression and freedom of religion very seriously.
“As the government clarified in 2018, when we first made a commitment to end conversion therapy, we adults will continue to provide adequate pastoral support (including prayer) in churches and other religious institutions in their research maintain sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Like you, I don’t want clergymen and members of the Church to be criminalized for normal activities without coercion.”
The government has yet to announce how it plans to ban conversion therapy and the exact scope of a new law, although a bill is expected to go through parliament later this year.
Last month, the Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop of Liverpool, right-wing Reverend Paul Bayes said: “LGBTI + orientation / identity is not a disease, a crime or a sin.
‘Conversion therapy harms people. So I hope the government stays true to its commitment to ban. ‘
Earlier this month, union leader Sir Keir Starmer apologized after attending a church in Brent, north London, which was widely criticized for its views on homosexuality.
Sir Keir posted a video of Jesus House For All The Nations, which he praised as “a wonderful example of a church serving their community” during the pandemic.
The church, which is a vaccination center, is headed by Pastor Agu Irukwu, who previously wrote about his opposition to equality legislation and gay marriage.
The LGBT + rights work campaign described Sir Keir’s visit and post lauding the Church as “unacceptable”.
Sir Keir then said, “I totally disagree with Jesus House’s beliefs on LGBT + rights, which I was unaware of prior to my visit. I apologize for the damage my visit caused and have taken down the video. It was a mistake and I accept that. ‘
However, following Sir Keir’s apologies, Mr Iruku said to Premier Christianity, “We do not practice any form of conversion therapy.
“We as a church provide adequate pastoral support, including prayer, to all of our members regardless of their life situation or circumstance.”
Former Prime Minister Theresa May was criticized for her visit to the church in 2017, but Boris Johnson and the Prince of Wales have both been at the pop-up vaccination center there for the past few weeks without receiving broad comments.