What does the Government mean by ‘conversion therapy’?

The Government wants to ban it but hasn't really said what 'it' is. In reality, ‘conversion therapy’ is a wide umbrella term chosen by LGBT campaigners. It covers grotesque illegal assaults such as 'corrective rape' and abusive quack medical practices like electric shock 'therapy'.

But the campaigners want to go much further. They say: ‘Any form of... persuading someone to change their sexual... behaviour... or gender identity should be illegal’.

It shouldn’t be illegal for Christians to teach their faith, or for people to pray for their friends, but that's clearly what the campaigners want.

Don't just take our word for it. Here they are in their own words:

Those who resist legislation against conversion therapy often resist the idea of a prayer or a pastoral conversation being subject to the scrutiny of law. However, if these things take place in an overwhelmingly homophobic or transphobic context the pernicious power of prayer must be dealt with.

- Matthew Hyndman, co-founder of the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign

SOURCE: The Independent online, 20 February 2021, see www.independent.co.uk/voices/lgbt-conversion-therapy-ban-mental-health-b1805080.html as at 9 July 2021