It’s crystal clear that “conversion therapy” to attempt to turn people away from homeosexual tendencies is bogus. A religious-based organization in Britain is calling for it to be halted.
Britain’s leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to stop trying to turn gay patients straight using so-called “conversion therapy”.
The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) said the practice should be stopped “in the interests of public safety”, but the move has prompted a furious response from proponents of talking “cures” for homosexuality who have promised to fight for what they see as the right to therapy of anyone distressed by “unwanted same sex attraction”.
The ACC said the treatment, also called reparative therapy, “implies that sexuality can be ‘repaired’ and so introduces the idea of treatment or cure … it suggests that a specific outcome is possible and appears to make an a priori assumption that it should happen”.
Also known as “praying away the gay”, the therapy was based on the ideas that childhood traumas, sexual abuse, bullying and having an overbearing mother or distant father are among the supposed triggers for homeosexual tendencies. But U.S. research has shown that the treatment is baseless and causes harm such as worsened mental health, self-harm, and even suicide.
But a small group of religious-based therapists vow that it works and will continue using it. Lesley Pilkington had her membership in the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) revoked after they declaring her guilty of “professional malpractice” for using conversion therapy. She contends that those who seek help for their condition should have a right to this therapy.