These Conservative Christians think Canada’s conversion therapy ban will make Christianity illegal
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has made banning conversion therapy for minors a “top priority”, but right-wing Christians have said this will lead to Christianity becoming illegal.
In a letter to the country’s justice secretary last week, Trudeau listed a number of priorities he expects government officials to deliver on.
It includes amending the Criminal Code to ban conversion therapy, and taking steps to definitively end the practise across all of Canada’s provinces and territories. Canada’s senate will soon vote on Bill S-202, outlawing the practice.
But David Cooke of the anti-abortion Campaign Life Coalition told Catholic LifeSiteNews that “Christians could actually become criminalised for just being Christian”.
Jack Fonseca, of the same organisation, said: “The mainstream media has been flat out lying about conversion therapy [to] to whip up the public to support a ban on this important treatment option that many people want.”
In another interview, Andre Schutten of the pro-conversion therapy Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) told LifeSiteNews that a conversion therapy ban would mean that church-run schools would be shut down and Christian people would not be able to adopt.
He said: “Charitable status I think is next on the table. Then, perhaps, labelling Christian groups as hate groups.
“Quite probably attempting to shut down church-run schools (where the church or the school is reported to do ‘spiritual prayer’).
“Also, the aggressive push to stop stable Christian families from being able to help children in need in the foster system.
“This is already happening, but might become more aggressive. Once again, it’s the kids who suffer.”
Medical experts consider interventions to change someone’s sexual orientation to be pseudo-scientific and ineffective.
The “therapy” has been proven to cause serious psychological harm to those who undergo it, and according to researchers who published their findings in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, it “doubles the odds of a suicide attempt” for trans people.