Conversion therapy denounced by Christian counsellors in the U.K.

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.

Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at ‘converting’ gay patients | World news | The Guardian.

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.

California has banned this therapy for minors.

Psychiatrist apologizes for ‘gay cure’ study – Does not now believe reparative therapy works.

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.

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  5 comments for “Conversion therapy denounced by Christian counsellors in the U.K.

  1. Angela
    January 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    When all else fails..they will claim that their service is warranted because it’s ‘what some people want’. Then they deflect to make it a religious rights issue or a medical care rights issue. In my opinion, the only ‘issue’ would be how sad it is that in the 21rst century..anyone would feel guilt or shame at being gay. Anyone promoting this kind of ‘therapy’ is compounding that shame.

    I heard that Massachussetts, New York, and Pennsylvania have also introduced bans on conversion therapy. It should just be a given to accept the fact that when it comes to consenting, unrelated adults–love is love. Until humanity evolves to that point, hopefully there can be more states here that recognize how wrong it is to allow this ridiculous treatment.

    • BobM
      January 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Considering that the only reason they feel they have a problem is that Christians have convinced them they have a problem, this is almost fraud. One would think that a better form of therapy would be to get them to come to terms with their sexuality and enjoy it :-).

  2. January 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    This conversion therapy shit always pisses me off. I know anecdotes are not data, but here’s my case. I’m bi, and have had relationships with both guys and girls for the past five years (been single for a year and a half, if anyone is feeling particularly sympathetic today ;-) ).

    Childhood traumas – Nope.
    Sexual abuse – Nope.
    Bullying – Nope (we had a surprisingly close year at school, everyone pretty much got on, lucky really)
    Overbearing mother – Nope.
    Distant father – Nope (I worked in an office at the desk next to him for two years, had an awesome time)

    In fact, my childhood, teenage years and young adulthood (still there) were/are completely normal. I didn’t even know this was widely practiced in the UK, the only cases I’ve heard of were in the US. It makes me wonder how prominent this is in Australia as well. I may have a little project on my hands.

  3. Brian
    January 15, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    It’s all about power over someone, I think. If ‘the gay’ can be prayed away, then it should be able to be done with a few words, and really, no limit on distance, and be IMMEDIATELY effective. Just like everything else a christian *should* be able to do (“greater works”, jesus said, it’s in the bible), but NONE are able to do.

  4. January 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I have always assumed that sexual orientation is tied up with our genes (a majority of such things are). So, I suppose, at some point in the future people will be able to change their preference should they desire to do so.

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