Look, we all want to criminalise Christians, and it’s wonderful that the Greens and Labour are teaming up to do that…
The Government has revealed its plans to ban conversion therapy by early 2022 “at the latest”.
The legislation is almost certain to pass because it has the support of Labour, Greens and National.
But the Green Party is claiming today’s announcement by the Government as a win, as the rainbow spokeswoman Elizabeth Kerekere said the timeline was due to the pressure of a 150,000-strong petition, calling for urgency in banning the harmful practice.
Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi on Monday said the Government planned to bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of the year, which would see conversion therapy outlawed by the end of this year, or by February 2022.
…as far as I am concerned, anyone who believes in a magical flying invisible spell casting Wizard for their moral and ethical compass and uses that magical flying invisible spell casting Wizard to force a sexual orientation on another human being is fucking insane and incredibly damaging.
You can’t pray the gay ghosts away and anyone suggesting otherwise is a demented clown.
b-u-t, what exactly are we criminalising here and are we honestly saying Gay Conversion Therapy is the biggest issue confronting us when 1 in 5 children live in poverty, over 22 000 are on social housing waiting lists and entire generations have been priced out of home ownership in a low income environment while speculators laugh all the way to the banks?
This is what we are opening legislative time on? This is the biggest challenge confronting the Gay community?
Our own Ministry of Health questioned banning gay conversion therapy and that needs to be acknowledged and understood more because they claim criminalising this would be more detrimental.
I don’t think anyone should be able to charge money for Gay Conversion Therapy because surely it breaches Consumer rights and fair trade practices (but then again so would Tarot card readings) and I don’t think anyone under the age of 18 should be able to consent to these things.
Are we saying an adult who chooses to pray the Gay away is not allowed to?
Now again, I think that person needs to seek actual counselling and real therapy to come to peace with who they are, but are we going to criminalise if people choose this hocus pocus?
Who will we be arresting here? The religious quack selling this nonsense or the person who chooses to seek it out?
I think Gay Conversion Therapy is crazy and harmful and stupid, but I think there are an enormous amount of things that are crazy, harmful and stupid that we don’t criminalise.
What I would hate to see is some religious nutter actively attempting to breach the law and becoming a martyr for this stupid cause.
Let’s at least agree on this, if you want to arrest anyone, let it be the person selling this bullshit Gay Conversion service, please don’t in a moment of woke overkill criminalise the confused people seeking it.
Banning Gay Conversion Therapy feels like Matariki as a public holiday and the environmental emergency, virtue signals that are empty gestures which do bugger all when compared to the magnitude of transformative change required on far larger issues.
At best this is tinkering while the house burns, at worst it’s an attack on religious people for being stupid.
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