Government warned crackdown on 'conversion therapy' would criminalize protected speech

October 21, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

LGBT activists for several years already have been on the warpath against "conversion therapy."

They contend that counselors or therapists talking with people, especially minors, about NOT pursuing any transient gender confusion ideologies must be criminal.

Actually, such therapy and counseling has helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people, including those young people who mostly resolved their issues comfortably in their birth gender if they are not led astray by adults.

The crackdown move has been evident both in the United Kingdom and the United States, and court fights continue over the disagreement.

But now the Christian Institute, in the U.K., is warning government officials they cannot use that theory to make everyday conversations illegal.

In an online announcement, the organization confirmed its readiness to take legal action against the Westminster government if it adopts the anti-"conversion therapy" ideology because it impacts everyday religious practice.

The statement came on the heels of press speculation that the government is ready to move ahead with a draft bill that would ban such conversations.

In fact, LGBT radicals repeatedly have demanded a law that would limit preachers' sermons, prayer, pastoral conversations, and even parenting.

The Institute explained that leading human rights lawyer Jason Coppel KC previously told the Institute that a broad ban "would be likely to violate" the rights of Christians to express their sincerely held religious belief.

Now, Simon Calvert, the Institute's deputy director for public affairs, has warned the government again.

"By moving ahead with this bill at all, the government is wading into very dangerous territory. Gay and trans people are already protected, quite rightly, from verbal and physical abuse by existing law. Since those things are outlawed, what is it that this bill will seek to criminalize?"

He said the evidence shows that the promoters of the speech restrictions simply are targeting "conversations and ideas they don’t like."

"They want a kind of LGBT blasphemy law. This is profoundly illiberal," he said.

The issue is important to those caught up in the LGBT ideology, as they repeatedly claim that they have those lifestyles because they were born that way.

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