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Calls to ban LGBT “conversion therapy” are dishonest dog whistling

South Australia is set to become the next state to criminalise LGBT “conversion therapy.” I think it’s time this whole thing was called out for the hoax and the anti-religion dog whistle that it is.

“Conversion therapy” is not a term known to any religion. It’s a term made up and thrust upon us by haters of religion. It evokes thoughts of barbarism – boot camps, electric shocks, coercion. None of these misguided and barbaric things are happening in Australia today. When they did happen – decades ago – none of them were exclusively religious.

A move to ban such things in the modern era, whilst dog whistling at “conservative religious groups,” is a hoax and a sham. It’s simply not happening.

So, what is happening in Australia, in 2020? This:

The truth is this: these are the things advocates of the made-up phrase “conversion therapy” really want to ban:

I raised this with a politician who drafted some of the most draconian “conversion therapy” laws, which specifically labelled parents who fail to affirm a child in a transgender identity as “psychological abusers.” She did not deny it. In fact, she asked me, “What else should we do when parents take their LGBT kids to church?”

You know something… in my opinion, one of the most harmful things a parent can do to their child is teach them atheism. It is an awful tragedy. Yet it has never, ever – not once – ever occurred to me that children should be confiscated from atheist parents, or that they should be labelled psychological abusers. Why? Because the family is too important.

All the things attacked by these laws are important – family, faith, personal agency.

This is a hoax which is pushing ill-informed politicians to criminalise innocent parents, pastors, Christians and consenting adults. To what extent? SA is talking about up to 8 years in jail. Unfortunately, saying so simply makes people angry, because they are convinced I’m lying. 60 Minutes never believed my claim that Christians don’t harbour a deep desire to inflict harm on LGBT people.

That’s the power of the dog whistle in the phrase, “conversion therapy.”

It’s time we rejected the term.

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