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Labour MP proposes bill to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy

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  1. It is about time.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Oct 2013, 3:33pm

    I’ve been tweeting Geraint Davies for weeks to pursue it. Glad to see he’s going to introduce it in Parliament. About time. I expect the religious freaks in the Tory Party to protest it though as an attack on religious freedom. Burrowes, Loughton, Leigh, Howarth and Bone will be among the ring leaders undoubtedly.

  3. The Christian Institute and the ‘Core Issues Trust’ will be hotfooting it to see the willing participants of the Conservative Christian Fellowship in Parliament to have a huddle up. May I suggest that they come of the religious closet and announce to the public that they are bible literalists and belong to the wing of Christian fundamentalists known as ‘dominionism’? Have a look at http://rodandjulie.com/prayer-for-parliament/about-prayer-for-parliament/ for some interesting connections to it. Congratulations to Geraint Davies and the other MP’s who are supporters of the proposed Bill.

  4. http://rodandjulie.com/above-it-all-promo/ I couldn’t resist this, say hello to GOD TV again! Remember them from the Angel Foundation / Goshen Trust / Christian Institute?

  5. Colin (London) 23 Oct 2013, 5:11pm

    I had no idea they were all so related.

    Sarabia…Thank you for this and other postings…They are a disgusting army…Well we need to get our own army up and running.

    Nutters in Parliament. Get religion off this planet. People who live in the past and cannot accept life.

    1. I don’t know why the people who join these militant religious outfits don’t seek psychological help themselves. Clearly they are struggling with self-hatred. They obvoiusly have experienced sane-sex attraction and use religion simply to reinforce their ‘belief’ that they are sinners. Normal heterosexual people could not give a sh*t what anyone gets up to in bed. It’s
      only closet case that turn to ‘god’ for back-up of their irrational hatred. Hanging around in closets makes you nasty. Come out ….!

  6. Jan Bridget 23 Oct 2013, 8:04pm

    Do we know when this is likely to be debated then we can lobby MPs?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Oct 2013, 9:53pm

      I’ve just tweeted him to find out when it’s up for debate in the Commons.

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  8. Ok – my personal reservation here, not that I am against registration (although enough professional bodies exist to help people choose therapists: UKCP, BACP etc…) – this is a very indirect methodology……I would rather see a bill specifically banning gay-cure therapies…..this way, it would serve as direct, clear and educational message.

  9. Yes, make regulation compulsory and ban ex-gay “therapy” abuse.

  10. St Sebastian, the humanist 24 Oct 2013, 5:00am

    About time for an end to this form of witchcraft.

  11. This dangerous type of “therapy” should be recognised as the criminal psychological and sexual abuse that it is and anyone attempting to provide it or promote it should be prosecuted and placed on the sexual offenders list.

  12. Jock S. Trap 24 Oct 2013, 10:58am

    About time too.

    This should have been banned years ago but if it can now I fully support it.

  13. The science behind sexual orientation is quickly becoming like the science behind Galileo’s telescope. In both cases science has proven the interpretation of Scripture as in error. In this, it is not about infringing on religious freedoms nor religious rights but infringing on the error of biblical interpretation itself. And obscure but well-documented fact of history is the word that was used from biblical times on back through history. This word always used to have dual meaning but around 400 A.D. the Catholic Church erased one letting the other remain and that is the word eunuch. Originally this meant either a male with no natural desire for the opposite sex i.e.: a natural eunuch, or one who has been physically castrated. This bit of history needs to be resurrected and help eliminate the error that he has caused.

    http://www.well.com/~aquarius/

  14. Let anybody who voices objections to this stand up and give a detailed breakdown of what the ‘gay conversion therapy’ methods actually are with no room for vagueness. A couple of years ago I listened to an online audio of a radio interview with Lesley Pilkington and trying to get answers from her on that score was like pulling teeth. The interviewer repeatedly pressed her quite calmly for the methods she uses to help a homosexual turn heterosexual. Aside from complaining each time that she was being mocked, the most detail Pilkington could muster was some waffle about “discussing pain and love.” At least the more this is talked about in the press and properly analysed as opposed to it being a more underground/cult thing, the more the public can see that the ‘cure’ is little more than filling people’s heads with religious dogma.

  15. Now those of us who can remember this; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/bbc-coverage-of-eltons-baby-provokes-claims-of-homophobia-2173355.html might like to keep it in mind for the coming debates on the Geraint Davies Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill.
    It’s probably just a co-incidence that one of the Directors of the Conservative Christian Fellowship Ltd Company Number 07030775 happens to be David Waddell. Is this the David Waddell the Senior Producer & Duty News Editor, BBC Newswire at BBC News and was formerly Assistant Editor, BBC Newswire at BBC News?
    If it is then I am sure that it there is no prejudice against LGBT originating out of the BBC Newswire just because of Mr. Waddell’s Christian convictions as I am certain you would be too?

  16. Now those of us who can remember this; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/bbc-coverage-of-eltons-baby-provokes-claims-of-homophobia-2173355.html might like to keep it in mind for the coming debates on the Geraint Davies Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill.
    It’s probably just a co-incidence that one of the Directors of the Conservative Christian Fellowship Ltd Company Number 07030775 happens to be David Waddell. Is this the David Waddell the Senior Producer & Duty News Editor, BBC Newswire at BBC News and was formerly Assistant Editor, BBC Newswire at BBC News?
    If it is then I am sure that it there is no prejudice against LGBT originating out of the BBC Newswire just because of Mr.Waddell’s Christian convictions as I am certain you would be too?

  17. David’s wife Vanessa is a trained Counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) awarded by CPCAB. Prior to this, she did Volunteer Alcohol Counsellor Training and a Certificate in Christian Counselling. She is an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abides by their ethical framework. She is also a Registered Independent Counsellor with the BACP accredited voluntary register.
    So can one imagine that both David and Vanessa will have more than a passing interest in how Mr. Davies Bill progresses?
    You can read more about David at his blog http://waddell.wordpress.com/about/

  18. Hang on a moment though, I re-read that. “The call for action has been triggered by the BBC’s decision to allow a fundamentalist Christian, Stephen Green, to be the sole commentator in a report in its News at Six bulletin on the surrogate birth of a son to the gay couple Sir Elton John and David Furnish. “This isn’t just a designer baby for Sir Elton John, this is a designer accessory,” said Green, who represents the group Christian Voice and is an outspoken critic of homosexual relationships”.
    Now, Christian Voice is a company 3194526, and it is wholly owned by Christian Vision 02842414 and they were both created and funded by Lord Robert Norman Edmiston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Edmiston)
    So let me just review this for moment, the Conservative Christian Fellowship made up of MP’s including David Burrowes MP and Andrew Selous MP and that’s got the connection to Jeffrey Donaldson MP. All of them evangelical Christians and profoundly homophobic.

  19. Then there’s David Waddell a director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and he’s the guy from the BBC News and then Stephen Green from Christian Voice, evangelical Christian and rabidly homophobic, and that takes us to Christian Vision and the money behind that comes from Lord Edmiston evangelical Christian and rabidly homophobic and he gave the Conservative Party £2 million pounds. Nah? It’s all just a coincidence that they all connect up isn’t it? So just looking at the Conservative Christian Fellowship accounts in 2011 they had donations of £162,508 and in 2012 they had donations of £165.217 but they don’t say where that money came from, I wonder why? It’s probably nothing, what do you think? I’m sure it won’t influence the BBC’s coverage of the debates on the Bill will it?

  20. Keith Barber 24 Oct 2013, 2:27pm

    Banning conversion therapy is something I’d be strongly in favour of. But statutory regulation of counselling & psychotherapy is not, I suggest, such a good idea. The last attempt was heavily defeated with the government acknowledging that the profession had won the argument. The proposals for regulation could have effectively destroyed psychotherapy in this country, something that I think would benefit no-one. Davies, unfortunately, is proposing a sledgehammer to crack a peanut. What we need is a proper, targeted ban.

  21. Iain Logan 24 Oct 2013, 7:06pm

    This isn’t already illegal??? What on earth is going on in this country?!?!

  22. Well done that man! About time this was kicked to the long grass…forever. Conversion Therapy! Nasty and dangerous stuff.

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