A TRAINEE psychotherapist was due to face a disciplinary hearing
this week after he described homosexuality as a sin.
During a BBC local-radio interview about therapy offered to
"those experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction", in January last
year, Dr Mike Davidson, a director of Core Issues Trust, said:
"Yes, I do believe homosexuality is a sin." The interviewer
subsequently complained to the British Psychodrama Association
(BPA), and Mr Davidson was suspended from the organisation.
In a statement, Christian Concern described the allegations
against Dr Davidson as "purely against the expression of his views
and therefore an issue of free speech rather than his ethical
conduct as a therapist."
Andrea Minichiello Williams, the chief executive of the
Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting Dr Davidson, said that
the "attempt to ban those with Christian beliefs on sexual ethics
from being therapists is the real unethical conduct here."
The BPA was unavailable for comment; its professional-conduct
committee is expected to publish its findings in March.