Public Engagement Co-ordinator signs letter to Equalities Minister

The Public Engagement Co-ordinator has signed a letter to the Equalities Minister, Emma Roddick, expressing serious concerns that the Government’s plans for a ‘conversion therapy’ Bill threaten to criminalise aspects of the ordinary work of churches.

The Free Church of Scotland’s Public Engagement Co-ordinator has signed a letter to the Equalities Minister, Emma Roddick, expressing serious concerns that the Government’s plans for a ‘conversion therapy’ Bill threaten to criminalise aspects of the ordinary work of churches.

Rev Stephen Allison, of Kiltarlity Free Church, is one of six signatories to sign the letter through the Let Us Pray campaign.

He said: “I am pleased to be able to join with other Christian ministers from a diverse range of churches to express our collective concerns about a proposed ban on conversion practices. All of us would agree that many of the practices described as “conversion therapy” are abusive and have no place in the church. However, those abusive practices are already illegal and so advocates of the ban must be seeking to criminalise something more.

“Those pushing for a ‘conversion therapy’ Bill are clear that they want a ban to include Christian teaching on sin and repentance.

“The proposed legislation threatens to silence the legitimate prayerful and pastoral support that we can give to those questioning sexual ethics and gender. It also threatens parents’ ability to have loving conversations with their children about sexuality and gender.”

The full letter can be viewed here: Let Us Pray | scotland