Judge rules "anti-gay" Christian couple can't be foster parents
A judge in Great Britain has ruled that a Christian couple can no longer serve as foster parents due to their religious views that homosexuality is wrong.
Yes, really. It's come to this.
The couple, Owen and Eunice Johns have been foster parents to over twenty children, but were banned from the program by social workers in 2007 as a result of interviews associated with the program where they expressed their opposition to homosexuality because of their faith. Now a British court has upheld that ban.
The Associated Press reported that judges at London’s Royal Courts of Justice determined that laws protecting homosexuals from discrimination take precedence over the couple’s religious beliefs.
Britain, the judges ruled, was a “secular state, not a theocracy.”
Of course they failed to explain just what that has to do with anything. I don't think it's lost on anyone who knows absolutely anything about history that England is not a theocracy. But (at least until this point it seems), that hasn't stopped anyone from having their own personal religious beliefs.
“We have been excluded because we have moral opinions based on our faith, and we feel sidelined because we are Christians with normal, mainstream, views on sexual ethics,” Mrs. Johns said.
Then there was this from the gay rights crowd...
“In any fostering case, the interests of the 60,00 children in care should override the bias of any prospective parent,” gay rights activist Ben Summerskill told Pink News, Europe’s largest gay news service. “Thankfully, Mr. and Mrs. Johns’ out-dated views aren’t just out of step with the majority of people in modern Britain, but those of many Christians, too.”
Of course there really wasn't much from the judge or the gay rights folks regarding just what this has to do with being willing to be a foster parent and looking out for the welfare of children who don't have anyone to care for them.
In fact, it would seem that the actions of the judges in this case are much more akin to what one would expect from a theocracy than the couple in question, in that they are deeming certain citizens unfit to participate in a public program solely on the basis of their religious views.
So now they're saying that Christians who oppose homosexuality can't participate. What's next? Only "Christians" who embrace it will have rights? And how long before a court would slide further down this slippery slope and use this logic to step in between parents and their biological children.
It just underlines that, despite how they frame the issue, liberalism and political correctness is the new theocracy. And disagreeing with their orthodoxy is heresy. If you "stray from the path" you will be punished.