LUP welcomes UK Equalities Minister's letter on conversion therapy ban

19, January 2023

Let Us Pray spokesman Simon Calvert said:

“This letter confirms what we’ve been saying for years. Banning conversion therapy is an absolute minefield, primarily because no-one knows what it is. Activists used to say they wanted to outlaw brutal abuse like electro-shock therapy. But that’s already illegal. Now they’re admitting what they really want is to outlaw traditional theology and gender critical feminism. They are profoundly intolerant. They don’t like the idea of churches praying prayers they don’t agree with. They don’t like women’s activists and parents discouraging young people from rushing into gender transition. So they are weaponising the language of ‘safeguarding to try to bounce Parliament into outlawing the opinions of their theological and philosophical opponents. This is not what the criminal law is for.

“Our solicitors wrote to the Westminster government preparing the ground for judicial review in May 2021. If Parliament passes a law that tramples on basic freedoms of speech and religion we are ready to go to court to protect the fundamental right of parents and pastors to calmly explain their ethical beliefs without being prosecuted as abusers.”

For more details of our legal challenges to proposed conversion therapy bans around the UK:

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