Mormon Church Opposes Ban On Conversion Therapy For LGBT Youth

Mormon Church Opposes Ban On Conversion Therapy For LGBT Youth October 16, 2019

Torturing gay kids for Jesus: In a despicable but not surprising move the Mormon church is asking the state of Utah not to ban gay conversion therapy for LGBT minors.

The church claims that a ban on torturing LGBT youth would violate their “religious freedom.” 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday opposed a proposed rule that would ban Utah-licensed mental health professionals from using conversion therapy — such as trying to turn a gay child straight…

CBS News reports:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it’s against a proposed ban in Utah of so-called conversion therapy by psychologists for LGBTQ minors…

In a statement announcing their opposition to a statewide ban on gay conversion therapy the church said in part:

We teach the right of individuals to self-determination and the right of parents to guide the development of their children. We also believe faith-based perspectives have an important and ethically appropriate role in professional counseling.

… The Church is concerned that the proposed professional licensing rule is ambiguous in key areas and overreaches in others. For example, it fails to protect individual religious beliefs and does not account for important realities of gender identity in the development of children.

That’s a nice way of saying “we want to keep torturing gay kids for Jesus.”

Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, said the church’s statement “is profoundly disappointing,” noting:

The proposed rule would do nothing more than protect LGBTQ children from conversion therapy — a life-threatening practice that has been condemned by all of the state’s and the nation’s medical and mental health authorities. Studies have found that more than 60% of children subjected to conversion therapy attempt suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death among Utah’s children, and LGBTQ youth are especially vulnerable. It’s long past time to protect our state’s youth by prohibiting this dangerous practice.

In response to the news Equality Utah tweeted the following message:

Let’s be clear. Studies have found that more than 60% of children subjected to conversion therapy attempt suicide. It’s long past time to protect youth from this dangerous practice. 

Human Rights Campaign reports on the horrors of the discredited gay conversion therapy:

So-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.

Previously, President Barack Obama defended LGBT youth by supporting a ban on conversion therapy. The official statement from the White House read in part:

This Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors… 

overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.

Currently, more than a dozen states have banned gay conversion therapy. In addition, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatry Association have called on lawmakers to ban the practice.

Not surprising, the suicide rate for LGBT teens living with Mormon families is quite high.

Bottom line: The Mormon church wants to keep torturing LGBT kids, and claims a ban on torturing LGBT kids would violate their “religious freedom.”

Can you feel the Christian love?

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