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In Texas, a Quiet Effort to Protect ‘Conversion Therapy’ Is Underway

Mar 21, 2019

By Alys Brooks

While legislators in many states have banned the practice of so-called conversion therapy, Texas state Rep. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney) quietly filed a bill this month that would protect mental health providers who engage in practices motivated by their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

LGBTQ people and advocates view this as a thinly veiled attempt to legalize “conversion therapy,” a pseudoscientific practice that tries to make queer people straight or trans people cis. Efforts to protect health-care workers who want to discriminate against LGBTQ people as part of their religious beliefs are far from uncommon in state legislatures, especially those controlled by Republicans.

Sanford’s proposed legislation comes as legislators in 15 states and Washington, D.C. have banned the harmful practice of so-called conversion therapy. Legislative attempts to end “conversion therapy” had the backing of the federal government during the second Obama administration.

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3 comments on “In Texas, a Quiet Effort to Protect ‘Conversion Therapy’ Is Underway

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    I wonder who Sanford will consult if he or a close family member is ever diagnosed with schizophrenia or dementia etc.:  a qualified mental health professional;  or someone with sincere religious beliefs?


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  • MadEnglishman says:

    I wonder who Sanford will consult if he or a close family member is ever diagnosed with schizophrenia or dementia etc.:  a qualified mental health professional;  or someone with sincere religious beliefs?

    Don’t worry about it!

    The Vatican is already prepared with properly trained priests ready to visit him! ☺

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/30/vatican-to-hold-exorcist-training-course-after-rise-in-possessions-exorcism-priests

    Vatican to hold exorcist training course after ‘rise in possessions’

    Fri 30 Mar 2018 14.00 BST Last modified on Fri 30 Mar 2018 22.10 BST

    Critics warn exorcism can be a form of spiritual abuse as priests report jump in possession claims

    ‘Like being raped’: three claims of coerced exorcism in the UK

    The Vatican is to hold a training course for priests in exorcism next month amid claims that demands for deliverance from demonic possession have greatly increased across the the world.

    The Vatican-backed International Association of Exorcists, which represents more than 200 Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox priests, said the increase represented a “pastoral emergency”.

    According to a priest from Sicily, the number of people in Italy claiming to be possessed had tripled to 500,000 a year, and an Irish priest has said demand for exorcisms has “risen exponentially”.

    Last year, the Christian thinktank Theos reported that exorcisms were a “booming industry” in the UK, particularly among Pentecostal churches.



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