Government banning prayer? It's already happened in one location

January 3, 2024
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

One Australian state, Victoria, already has adopted laws that essentially make practicing Christianity, specifically prayer, a crime, and a commentary at The Daily Signal warns America is heading in that direction with its bans on "conversion therapy."

Conversion therapy is a derogatory term for counseling that encourages those who have unwanted same-sex attractions to live the lives they choose and provides them with skills to use to pursue their goals.

It's been banned in many locations in America by lawmakers and others kowtowing to the ideology of the LGBT agenda. Quite literally in many locations, but not all, they've succeeded in promoting pro-LGBT counseling, but banning anti-LGBT discussions.

"It seems that the transgender movement aims to demonize any attempt to delay experimental medical interventions on children using the 'conversion therapy' label," the commentary explained. "Victoria’s law condemning certain forms of prayer seems beyond the pale for Americans, but 27 states, along with Washington, D.C., and one U.S. territory have laws banning 'conversion therapy' for minors, according to the pro-LGBTQ Movement Advancement Project."

The author, Tyler O'Neil, explained, "These laws only allow therapy in one direction; namely, for an LGBTQ identity—even if a patient expresses a desire to overcome unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria.

"If states insert themselves into the therapist-patient relationship by outlawing mainstream patient-directed talk therapy for patients who do not embrace their same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, how long before they outlaw pastors praying for those struggling individuals in public settings?"

O'Neil, managing editor of The Daily Signal and the author of "Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center," explained that's where Victoria already has gone.

That state's "Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021," which went into effect in 2022, actually bans "certain practices aimed at changing or suppressing an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation," he said.

It bans "carrying out a religious practice, including but not limited to, a prayer-based practice, a deliverance practice or an exorcism."

It's the bureaucrats of the state Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission that outline what prayer actually is banned.

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