The cornerstone of Christian faith is under attack with anti-faith group Humanists UK wanting the cancellation of ‘repentance’, especially if it’s involving LGBT people (even if the LGBT person actually seeks prayer and wants to repent). They’re trying to claim that repentance is a form of ‘conversion therapy’ and therefore should be banned. Their ideology is so extreme that they say “no distinction should be drawn between violent actions and consensual prayer or pastoral conversations.” Yep, prayer and violent actions are one-and-the-same according to Humanists UK.
A spokesman for the Let Us Pray campaign said listing ordinary church practices alongside abuse is “exploitative and manipulative”. We certainly agree with Let Us Pray.
How far will the liberals go to eliminate the fundamentals of Christianity engrained in our society.
Read this excerpt from The Christian Institute …
Humanists UK said that wherever the intent of an activity is to ‘change or suppress’ someone’s sexuality or gender identity, the practice should be banned and that no distinction should be drawn between violent actions and consensual prayer or pastoral conversations.
It further claimed that the right to freedom of religion or belief should be restricted if LGBT people feel they are being harmed.
The humanists lauded extreme legislation in the Australian state of Victoria – where a new law banning religious activities including prayer is set to come into effect next week – as a good example of how conversion therapy within churches could be banned.
‘Exploitative and manipulative’
A spokesman for the Let Us Pray campaign said listing ordinary church practices alongside abuse is “exploitative and manipulative”.
He said: “Banning ‘faith declarations’ would be an incredibly repressive move. Christians make declarations of their faith in many settings – some recite historic creeds every week, others make declarations in order to become members or leaders of their churches. Presumably banning ‘faith declarations’ would also mean outlawing baptism.
“Then there’s fasting. In the Christian faith, missing a meal in order to pray and seek God is a personal choice. But church leaders could fall foul of the law if they advocate fasting as a practice for the faithful.
“Banning ‘attendance on religious courses’ sounds like an atheist’s dream. Courses taken in preparation for baptism, confirmation or church membership often cover Christian living, including sexual ethics. If the Humanists got their way, pastors would be playing with fire when they ask church members to keep the Bible’s teaching.”
He continued: “When the public hears about a ban on ‘conversion therapy’, they think of electro-shock therapy and other pseudo-medical practices. Activists describe horrific actions like ‘corrective rape’ and physical abuse. But these are already illegal.
“Increasingly, however, campaigners have made it clear that they want ordinary Christian beliefs banned alongside genuine abuse. Many explain that they want prayer and pastoral conversations outlawed. There are disingenuous attempts to win theological battles by calling some Christian teachings ‘harmful’.”
He concluded: “Banning people from everyday religious activities like repentance and attending religious courses is incredibly intolerant. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from the Chinese Communist Party.
“It just confirms that some people see a ban on conversion therapy as a Trojan horse for banning religion itself. The Government needs to be very, very careful that its ban on conversion therapy doesn’t hand these people a stick with which to beat the church.”