New law threatens pastor’s religious freedom in Wales
The Welsh government recently acknowledged that its proposed “conversion therapy” ban, the LGBTQ+ Action Plan for Wales, will limit the religious freedom of pastors in the country.
While the term “conversion therapy” is usually used in reference to professional counseling settings, the term is now being applied to pastors who counsel their own parishioners in a private religious setting. Under the proposed Action Plan, this could lead to pastors being prosecuted if such counseling affirms a traditional biblical view of sexuality.
According to Dr. Carys Moseley of the British legal advocacy group, Christian Concern (CC), this is strange claim by the Welsh government since, as part of the United Kingdom, Wales does not have the power to make criminal law nor effect fundamental human rights, including religious freedom.
This had led Dr. Moseley to suspect it is possible that “the Welsh Government wants people to be able to report faith leaders to the police for ‘hate incidents.’”