DUP adviser thinks conversion therapy ban is ‘hoax’ that will drive ‘neo-Marxist utopia’
A DUP adviser has claimed that the campaign to ban conversion therapy in the UK is a ‘hoax’ that is part of a campaign for a ‘neo-Marxist utopia’.
Colin Kennedy, adviser to Ards and the North Down Borough Council, has denounced a ban on conversion therapy after the council passed a motion calling on Stormont to ban the discredited practice in Northern Ireland.
Alliance adviser Connie Egan said a ban on conversion therapy would be “a small but significant step” towards building a “more inclusive and welcoming” society for young people in Northern Ireland.
“The adoption of this motion will be a declaration of our conviction regarding a possible ban, but it will also be a strong declaration of solidarity with our neighbors, friends and members of the LGBT + family, to say that we are by your side,” Egan said, according to Irish news.
Responding to Egan, Kennedy baselessly claimed that the concept of conversion therapy had been “fabricated.” He also said that people who experience “an unwanted attraction to the same sex” should have the right to “receive life-changing therapy.”
He said it was “high time this whole campaign was called for the anti-religion dog hoax and whistle, that’s it.”
Kennedy claimed most people hadn’t even heard of conversion therapy until recently, adding that it conjured up barbaric imagery of an abusive and coercive practice.
DUP adviser believes conversion therapy ban “will lighten Christianity”
“None of these misguided and barbaric things are actually happening in Northern Ireland,” Kennedy said.
“It’s not something that anyone in this chamber will try to support or defend.
“The reality of course is that the proponents of this ideologically generated terminology actually wish to prohibit adults, who are in full possession of their faculties, from speaking voluntarily about how to experience their sexuality.
“They wish to prohibit believers from teaching the Bible. They want to prohibit ministers, professionals, counselors from speaking about their beliefs or rendering services to the aforementioned adults.
“They want to prohibit parents from raising their children according to their faith. They wish to isolate and stigmatize believers and, ultimately, their wish is to legislate on Christianity and a Christian worldview, and impose their own inclusive neo-Marxist utopia.
Conversion therapy has become one of the central issues in the fight for LGBT + rights and equality in the UK in recent years.
The practice has been discredited and debunked by all major psychiatric bodies, and numerous studies have shown that efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity lead to mental disorders and suicidal ideation.
The UK government is finally moving ahead with plans to introduce a limited ban on conversion therapy in England and Wales – although this will controversially allow the practice to continue in religious circles.
Conversion therapy is a Northern Ireland business, which means politicians in the region will push forward their own legislation to ban the practice.
Northern Ireland ministers have pledged to ban the traumatic practice.