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FAMILY MATTERS: Keep going, even if… The new law banning ‘conversion therapy’ which was passed in Parliament this week will criminalise certain expressions of parental love, prayer, personal choice and preaching, …
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The redefinition of our humanity

The redefinition of our humanity  By Bruce Logan In August 2012 I wrote an opinion piece for the Herald claiming that legalising same-sex marriage would profoundly alter …
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UPDATE: ‘Conversion therapy’ ban

Last night, the politicians debated amendments to the flawed and dangerous ‘conversion therapy’ ban – which legal opinions written by a leading New Zealand QC, a …
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Crime = Prayer, Parental Love, Personal Choice

The Select Committee report on the proposed ban on ‘conversion therapy’ has just been released – and as expected, it makes disturbing reading. They have completely ignored all concerns which …
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What does a Conversion Therapy ban really mean?

We agree – all New Zealanders should be protected from coercive, abusive or involuntary psychological or spiritual practices. However, participation in psychological assessments, counselling sessions, prayer meetings and other therapeutic practices is almost always an expression of voluntary behaviour and personal freedom. ‘Conversion therapy’ bans would prevent people from getting help to live the lifestyle they choose – if that lifestyle is heterosexual or based on their biological sex.

Banning practices which bring about positive change for people in pain, changes they genuinely desire for themselves, is the real crime.


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