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Church of England Synod calls for ban on conversion therapy

Church of England Synod calls for ban on conversion therapy

The Church of England has voted overwhelmingly to call on the government to ban conversion therapy. Jayne Ozanne has campaigned tirelessly for this result. The Archbishop of York unequivocally called for this practice to end.


From The Guardian:

The Church of England has called on the government to ban conversion therapy and has condemned the practice, which aims to change sexual orientation, as unethical and potentially harmful.

At the end of an emotional debate in which two members of the C of E synod described their experiences as spiritual abuse, the church’s governing body overwhelmingly backed a motion saying the practice had “no place in the modern world”. (Proposing the motion, Jayne Ozanne – who underwent conversion therapy resulting in two breakdowns and two spells in hospital – said conversion therapy was “abuse from which vulnerable adults need protecting”.)

Conversion therapy is usually described as an attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Some churches in the C of E and other denominations have encouraged LGBT members to take part in prayer sessions and other activities to rid them of their “sin”.



Image: Jayne Ozanne


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Prof Christopher Seitz

Mr Allen. That is a sad way to conduct yourself. You are virtually the King of the Last Word, preferring to eliminate comments if necessary in your former role. Let’s keep the conversation at a higher level. Grace and peace.

David Allen

Do your comments go right through in this new forum Professor? If so, you are off the moderation list. You were constantly harping before about your comments being deleted by me, when in fact all of your comments ended up in moderation and I left it up to other editors to decide whether your comments were let out or not.

Have a gay ole time!

David Allen

I’m thinking that you have now entered the 2nd chidlhood which comes with a ripe age. You can’t be wrong, you can’t be told anything, you must always be seen as correct and have the last word.

Professor Christopher Seitz

Where is all the positive excitement about the ban vote at TA? Overshadowing is the anger re sexuality. It is as if it didn’t much matter. Which was of course my comment above. It looks like horse trading with one party ending up with an old gray mare…

David Allen

Sorry Chris, I’m not sure what La La Land comments you are reading. But the anger that you report against the CT ban wasn’t there.

The anger that I saw was against the ABC & ABY and sexuality.

Prof Christopher Seitz

Hi Ann–‘happiness’ is such a lovely idea. I didn’t see it…in a single comment. Sunday blessings.

Ann Fontaine

We must be reading different comments. See Rosie Harper.

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