BIG BREAKING NEWS – GAY CONVERSION BAN?: Bishop backs prosecution of those who defy ‘gay conversion’ ban [#GayConversion] 09/06
Faith leaders should face prosecution if they fail to comply with the government’s promised ban on so-called gay conversion practices according to a senior bishop in the Church of England.
David Walker, the bishop of Manchester:
“Where activity has harmed someone, the person who has caused the harm should face prosecution. That activity should include prayer aimed at changing someone’s sexual orientation.”
David Walker, said he was not referring to “gentle, non-coercive prayer, but where there is a level of power imbalance and a level of force”.
The government announced in the Queen’s speech last month that it would hold a consultation on conversion practices before bringing forward legislation on a ban.
Campaigners have said the government’s stated intention to ensure that religious freedom and freedom of speech are upheld could lead to loopholes.
The Evangelical Alliance opposes a ban, saying it would put “ministers in jeopardy when they preach, and church members at risk when they pray for each other”.
C of E bishop backs prosecution of those who defy ‘gay conversion’ ban: