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Australia: jail if you pray in a certain way?

The state of Victoria is on the brink of passing a Bill* that would see someone face ten years in jail for engaging in anything it classifies as ‘conversion therapy’. The Bill details how it will be prohibited to provide a talking therapy, or prayer, even if requested to do so, resulting in people being denied the chance to explore aspects of their lives with a pastor or qualified therapist.

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In his blog, Australian pastor Murray Campbell called for the ambiguity of the Bill, with regard to prayer, to be clarified. He writes: ‘For teaching abstinence or offering pastoral counselling in line with the Bible’s vision of sexuality, and praying with fellow believers that they will be godly … does this fall foul of the Bill?’