The Church of England looks set to condemn controversial “gay cures”, a month after the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May suggested such “treatments” could be banned.
Last month Mrs May said the Government was “reviewing” “gay cure” therapies to see if they should be banned. She said: “We’re looking carefully at the extent of the problem, and the experience of other countries that have introduced bans, to ensure we get the approach to this right.”
Matthew Fenner of North Carolina thought he was “going to die” when members of his evangelical church beat and choked him for two hours to expel his “homosexual demons,” he told a court on Thursday.
Mr Fenner was the first person to take the stand in the assault and kidnapping trial of Brooke Covington, a 58-year-old minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina.
Covington is alleged to be the leader of a 2013 beating involving numerous congregants who pointed out his sexual orientation, saying, “God said there is something wrong in your life.”
Fenner said he had cancer as a child and had a biopsy one week before he was assaulted. “I’m frail and in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘is my neck going to break, am I going to die?'” Fenner said.
If convicted, Covington faces up to two years in prison. She is the first of five church members to face trial in the case. Each defendant will be tried separately.
The trials continue.
Metro alleges that a Conservative Party candidate, Kristy Adams, who is hoping to take the parliamentary seat of Hove and Portslade from Labour on June 8, has been accused of being a prominent member of a church linked to so-called ‘gay cures’, the evangelical King’s Arms Church in Bedfordshire for a number of years. The church is alleged to be linked to homophobic exorcisms claimed to ‘heal’ gay people.
A gay former member of the congregation is quoted as saying it was ‘categorically the case that homosexuality in the church was regarded as a sin, the inclination to which could be cured through prayer and counselling’.
Tory candidate linked to notorious ‘gay cures’ church
A US-based evangelical group, Anchored North, has been using Facebook to target gay people who were interested in ‘Gay Pride’ with online ads promoting gay ‘cures.’ The ad quickly amassed more than 200,000 views until it was removed.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “This ad violates our advertising policies, and has been removed.” Facebook’s policies restrict against illegal content and must not contain discriminatory material based on sxual orientation or gender identity.
Facebook users whould watch for this type of content and always report it.
Malaysia’s Government has endorsed gay conversion therapy after federal authorities claimed sexual orientation can be changed with extensive training.
A video produced by a Malaysian government department explains how Muslims can change their approach to the gay community so that it does not promote hate against a minority.
The video has sparked anger for its suggestion that sexuality can be “cured”.
In Malaysia, LGBT rights are largely unrecognised; sodomy remains a criminal activity under British Empire colonial era law.
Thinking of a holiday there? Perhaps somewhere else would be more appropriate.
Malta‘s human rights commission has hailed the island’s parliament’s decision to ban gay conversion therapy, with Malta becoming the first country in the world to do so.
On Monday they voted to criminalize any medical professional found guilty of prescribing the so-called “gay cure” or any practice that seeks to change gender identity.
The new ban will see anyone found guilty fined up to 4,600 euros, or even jailed for up to five years in the most serious cases.
The amendments to Malta‘s Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act will also allow 16-year-olds to independently request a change in their gender on their identity documents.
Malta is one of the most progressive places in the world for LGBT rights.
A speaking engagement in Galashiels, Scotland by South African preacher Angus Buchan, who believes homosexuality can be “cured” by prayer, has been cancelled. Buchan was due to address an audience next Monday evening as the guest of the Tweedbank-based evangelical Hope Church.
The £5-a-head event was to have been the 69-year-old’s only Scottish appearance on a tour of the UK and Ireland. Following a plea from the Scottish Borders LGBT Equality Forum, Live Borders, the trust which runs public halls on behalf of Scottish Borders Council, cancelled the booking.
South African preacher Angus Buchan claims that homosexuality can be cured through prayer. He is due to appear in Northern Ireland later this month, an event which is expected to attract an audience of 3,000 people.
John O’Doherty of the Rainbow Project is campaigning to have the visit cancelled.
Homosexuality can not be cured.