In September 2013 the British Psychodrama Association Appeal Panel rejected the appeal against suspension and removal from their training register by registrant Dr. Michael Davidson, a Christian counsellor. Consequently, he was removed from the training register.
Dr. Michael Davidson was found guilty of helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction transition out of homosexuality, which is according to them, a breaching of ethical codes 1.1 and 1.3 of the British Psychodrama Association and codes 2.1 (1.1; 1.8), 2.3 of the UK Council for Psychotherapy’s Ethical principles and Codes of professional Conduct: Guidance on the Practice of Psychological Therapies that Pathologies and/or Seek to Eliminate or Reduce Same Sex attraction.
In a subsequent response on October 21, 2013 to Davidson’s removal, Dr. Christopher Rossik, president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) raised his concerns about how the UK Council’s Ethical code betrays serious misrepresentations of the science upon which it purports to be based, making Dr. Davidson’s expulsion a clear travesty of justice.
Not only is Davidson’s expulsion based on flawed science, but the Code of Ethics is also a gross breaching of medical and mental health professionals’ as well as the client’s human rights in the light of International Human Rights Law, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act of 1998. It demonstrates the highest form of disrespect for a client’s medical and mental health professional’s dignity, and does not advance equality, autonomy, self-determination, diversity, or tolerance.
Both people with unwanted same-sex attraction and the medical and mental health professionals assisting said individuals have the right of self-determination. As such, they are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Everyone is entitled to the enjoyment of all human rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
But not all people are afforded equal treatment, and over the years international human rights law has had to elaborate to demonstrate that All means All: that All means people of All races, that All means children, that All means women, that All means people of All religions, and so on. The development of international law since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly says that: All means people of all diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, which includes a person with unwanted same-sex attraction that does not self identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Let Peter Tatchell, a human rights campaigner, and a member of the gay rights group OutRage! also speak for persons with unwanted same-sex attraction: “Surely we merit human rights because we are human beings? The cause of our homosexuality is irrelevant to our quest for justice. We are entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of whether we are born queer or made queer, and irrespective of whether our homosexuality is something beyond our control or something freely chosen.”
A peson with unwanted same-sex attraction has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including medical care and necessary social services, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and the right to freedom of opinion and expression which includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media.
In order that persons with unwanted same-sex attraction who seek assistance may be well informed and competently served, and because all persons, including medical and mental health professionals, also have the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and to the protection of the law against arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence and attacks upon his honour and reputation, there should be no discrimination of any sort against any of them.
A democratic country like the United Kingdom should be concerned that her democracy is brought into disrepute by organisations that are infiltrated by shameless political ideologist who have no regard for human rights, but instead, are seeking to take away rights to advance their political agenda.
André Bekker is an Advisory Board Member of Voice of the Voiceless and a Theological Counselor with New Living Way Ministry in South Africa, ministering to people with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction, their families, and loved ones.