Last week, with Canada's elections safely behind him, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a letter to the country's justice secretary outlining many of his legislative priorities.
Among them was one which has some conservative Christian groups up in arms: he intends to ban conversion therapy throughout all of Canada.
BREAKING NEWS: Prime Minister has provided a Mandate Letter to the Minister of Justice to: "amend the Criminal Cod… https://t.co/4M4dEESEe1— Dr. Kristopher Wells (@Dr. Kristopher Wells)1576252791.0
Conversion therapy, the christianity-driven practice of attempting to convert homosexual children. Experts believe the process to be "pseudo-scientific and ineffective." A recent study has shown that it doubles the risk of suicide in transgender people who attend.
However, after David Cooke of the anti-abortion Campaign Life Coalition heard of Trudeau's desire to ban conversion therapy, he was scared for the fate of christianity in the country. He told LifeSiteNews:
"Christians could actually become criminalized for just being Christian."
This is excellent and long overdue news. Conversion "therapy" has no place in Canada. https://t.co/EWDjkTUyMp— Friendly Neighbourhood Leftie🏳️🌈🇨🇦 (@Friendly Neighbourhood Leftie🏳️🌈🇨🇦)1576282062.0
A man who works alongside Cooke, Jack Fonseca, said, without evidence:
"The mainstream media has been flat out lying about conversion therapy [to] to whip up the public to support a ban on this important treatment option that many people want."
Great news From Germany & Canada! You CANNOT “convert” someone’s sexual orientation PERIOD! Let’s hope to see a Glo… https://t.co/vfTTaILLKK— Jason Jones (@Jason Jones)1576738817.0
A pro-conversion therapy spokesman from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA), Andre Schutten, said without evidence that banning conversion therapy might lead to the end of many other Christian practices.
"Charitable status I think is next on the table. Then, perhaps, labelling Christian groups as hate groups. Quite probably attempting to shut down church-run schools (where the church or the school is reported to do 'spiritual prayer'). Also, the aggressive push to stop stable Christian families from being able to help children in need in the foster system. This is already happening, but might become more aggressive. Once again, it's the kids who suffer."
While Christians on the far-right were making many baseless claims, LGBTQ advocates in Canada were rejoicing over the news.
Thanks be to God. https://t.co/DBMxX5QBNv— RevDaniel (@RevDaniel)1576280624.0
As a survivor of conversion therapy that I was coerced into as a minor, the trauma of enduring this baseless and cr… https://t.co/4WJ9MmJRQw— Victor Szymanski (@Victor Szymanski)1576270559.0
The fight to end conversion therapy in Canada has been ongoing for decades thanks to survivors, and it’s not over y… https://t.co/BoZrkggAlC— No Conversion Canada (@No Conversion Canada)1576708499.0
@PeterLaBarbera @HSuarez18754811 @VCYcrosstalk @hallmarkchannel Yes, ask yourself why every medical and mental heal… https://t.co/pkVrxQmYsb— Fight Hate (@Fight Hate)1576900516.0
No matter what some Christians are saying, however, it seems Prime Minister Trudeau's mind is made up.