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Sexual orientation conversion therapy bans compared to religious conversion bans

October 02, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Gay Politics, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

August 30, 2013

The following excerpts are from Fay Voshell’s article “Conversion Therapy Law Threatens Christians” on “When Chris Christie signed a law against conversion therapy directed at counseling teens experiencing homoerotic feelings, he probably didn’t think he had just put New Jersey on a path similar to countries like Saudi Arabia, which forbids conversion from the prevailing Muslim faith.”

“But forbidding efforts to convert is essentially what the governor did. He expressly forbade conversion from the prevailing progressive religion, whose chief doctrine is that sexual behavior, including the homoerotic behavior of some children, is a sacred, infallible, and therefore unchangeable indicator of what human identity entails.”

“He forbade moral suasion. He forbade attempts to persuade young people that another way of life is available. That other way that is forbidden is, of course, the way of Christian sexual ethics. Counseling a kid to follow the Christian way, to attempt to change his or her homoerotic behavior, is verboten.”

“It’s not put quite that way, of course. Supposedly the law is meant to punish abusive therapists. But laws against abusive counselors are already on the books. We can suspect that the real goal is to make sure no one other than progressive high priests of sex counsel youngsters about sexuality. The unstated companion goal is the elimination of Christian and other conservative therapists from the profession.” …