“In a landmark judgment, which will have a serious impact on the future of fostering and adoption in the UK, the High Court has suggested that Christians with traditional views on sexual ethics are unsuitable as foster carers, and that homosexual ‘rights’ trump freedom of conscience in the UK. The Judges stated that Christian beliefs on sexual ethics may be ‘inimical’ to children, and they implicitly upheld an Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) submission that children risk being ‘infected’ by Christian moral beliefs.
In their judgment, the judges stated:
That if children are placed with parents who have traditional Christian views like the Johns “there may well be a conflict with the local authority’s duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked-after children”,
That there is a tension between the equality provisions concerning religious discrimination and those concerning sexual orientation. Yet, as regards fostering, “the equality provisions concerning sexual orientation should take precedence”,
That a local authority can require positive attitudes to be demonstrated towards homosexuality,
That there is no religious discrimination against the Johns because they were being excluded from fostering due to their moral views on sexual ethics and not their Christian beliefs (This is incredible and very disingenuous as the Johns moral views cannot be separated from their religious beliefs), and
That “Article 9 [of the European Human Rights Act] only provides a ‘qualified’ right to manifest religious belief and ... this will be particularly so where a person in whose care a child is placed wishes to manifest a belief that is inimical to the interests of children”. ” (Christian Concern Press Release, Video, 28 February 2011)
Point 4 is an incredibly evil and devious way of applying equality legislation by saying moral views are nothing to do with a Christian or a religious person as people who are not religious may hold the same views. What complete and total bunkum and the judges know it. Where do you think moral values came from in the first place? Religion, and in this country Judeo/Christian teaching.
[Paragraph 99] "If the defendant’s treatment is the result of the claimants’ expressed antipathy, objection to, or disapproval of homosexuality and same-sex relationships it is clear, on authorities which bind us, namely the decisions of the Court of Appeal in Ladele and McFarlane, that it would not be because of their religious belief. Moreover, the defendant’s treatment of the claimants would not be less favourable than that afforded other persons who, for reasons other than the religious views of the claimants, expressed objection to, or disapproval of, homosexuality and same-sex relationships contrary to the National Minimum Standards for Fostering and the defendant’s various policies." (Neutral Citation Number:  EWHC 375 (Admin))"
It is obvious that, very soon, if a child of Christian parents goes to school and tells a teacher “Homosexuality is not natural; it is sinful and you may get AIDS”, that the child will be removed from their parents by social workers for teaching their chilren to be ‘homophobic’ and being unfit to bring up children. Christians need to:
- support the appeal of this perverse ruling and donate to Christian Concern’s fighting fund;
- pray to God that he brings swift judgement on the homosexual movement for His glory;
- make a stand against equality legislation that is being used to create a Sodom and Gomorrah in the UK.
© 1 March 2011