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Letter to Editor: On gay conversion therapy

Your Say / Sun 14th Mar 2021 at 09:23am

Dear Editor

I write with reference to the letter from Mr. David J. Kelly  (“Appeal to Harlow MP over Gay Conversion Therapy”, Your Harlow, 11th March). He urges the Government to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy”.

Doubtless, over the years, there will have been some people struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction who have been handled without a decent amount of sensitivity, whether by religious groups or secular ones. Yet, a ban would penalise all attempts to help such people, no matter how kindly or gently done, e.g. pastoral concern and prayer. If someone experiences same-sex attraction but does not wish to do so, surely they should be allowed to access help? Otherwise, even a private conversation about the matter would be deemed illegal, which is very concerning.

Finally, I note the graphic alongside the letter, which features a Christian cross. The anti-Christian implications make me sad, because the cross is not about oppression, but freedom. On the cross Jesus took the sin of all who turn to him and follow him, so we might have a new start.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gillman

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