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Briefing: Conversion Therapy U-Turn

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The government’s decision to ban conversion therapy for all except transgender people has dismayed campaigners on all sides of the Christian divide. In this Religion Media Centre briefing, conservative evangelicals suggested a ban would limit freedom of belief and might criminalise pastors. LGBT+ campaigners said a ban should apply to all, to protect against abuse, coercion and mental harm. Ruth Peacock hosted this discussion with:

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Report: The conversion therapy debate: abuse or ‘gentle’ persuasion?

“The orthodox Christian teaching may not be fashionable, but it’s not abuse. And you can’t outlaw it”

– Simon Calvert, deputy director of the Christian Institute


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