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Christians Banned from Foster Care over Gay Views

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LONDON (RNS) Two senior judges have banned a Christian couple from any further foster care because they oppose homosexuality, a stance that the judges said has no place in the laws of a “largely secular” Britain.
Owen and Eunice Johns, of Derby, England, have already fostered 15 children, but the High Court in London ruled that they can no longer continue the practice because their anti-gay views are legally wrong.
In their decision delivered Monday (Feb. 28), Lord Justice James Lawrence Munby and Justice Jack Beeston said that under 21st-century British law, the rights of homosexuals “should take precedence” over the rights of religious faiths, including Christians.
The two judges decreed that Britain had evolved into a “largely secular,” multicultural society whose laws “do not include Christianity.”
Eunice Johns, a retired nurse, called it “a sad day for Christianity.”
The judges said that “although historically this country is part of the Christian West, and although it has an established church … which is Christian, there has been enormous changes to the social and religious life of our country over the last century.”
The Pentecostal couple had fostered children since 1992 until taking a break. When they reapplied in 2007 to resume fostering, they were told that their attitudes toward gays violated Britain’s new sexual equality laws.
Eunice Johns argued that “all we were not willing to do was to tell a small child that the practice of homosexuality was a good thing.”
Gay-rights campaigners applauded the court’s decision to put “21st-century decency above 19th-century prejudice.”
- Al Webb, Religion News Service



  • http://worldsofmegraves@wordpress.com m.e.graves

    cknuck’s reply that this is evidence of gays/Muslims taking over the world to put Christians and heterosexuals into concentration camps in 3…2…

  • cknuck

    legislating homosexuality

  • pagansister

    Very, very interesting. Religion is no longer that important in the UK. Knew there was yet another reason my heritage was good. :o)

  • Henrietta22

    England is not legislating homosexuality, and they are not saying that religion is no longer important in the UK. They are saying that they have accepted the change in attitudes, and new info about sexual matters from the medical world, and they have had a change in laws to accomodate all the different people that live in the UK. The Pentacostal couple have most likely done a great job of taking care of 15 foster children during their lives, but if they had taught a gay child or children during that time that they were bad because you are acting differently then most other kids do it may have influenced their lives in a negative way during and after they left their foster care. They should avail themselves all the medical truths of homosexuality if they are going to continue caring for children. They won’t say to a gay child that they are good children even if they are different, so they can’t continue to foster children in the U.K. At least they are honest and aren’t lying that they will follow the law, and then not do it.

  • cknuck

    H it sounds like that is exactly what they are doing dictating religion and legislating homosexuality. Odd’s are they would have never had a homosexual child.

  • cknuck

    “Eunice Johns argued that “all we were not willing to do was to tell a small child that the practice of homosexuality was a good thing.”
    It seems there is only one opinion people in England are allowed to have concerning homosexuality and that is legislating thought. It’s not like they were preaching against anything they just were not comfortable saying homosexuality is good thing.

  • richard

    With this ruling that if you are not prepared to treat homosexuality as a normal lifestyle then it should automatically debar all muslims from fostering . Orthodox Jews andmany other people of faith will have to be added to the list otherwise there may be a case for religius discrimination .

  • Grumpy Old Person

    It is attitudes like the Johns’s that cause gay kids to commit suicide. It seems to be a legacy that ck is proud of.
    “Odd’s are they would have never had a homosexual child.”
    They fostered 15 children. The odds are, in fact, better than even that at least one of them would have been gay.

  • Henrietta22

    The U.K. has secular laws and it is what it is. Eveyone has to abide by the Foster care rules no matter what religion they are. Makes good sense for the children.

  • cknuck

    grump I am confident that John or myself have never caused a homosexual to commit suicide get off of that pity pot.
    H22 I understand about that being a law in the UK but as was noted a few posts up by Richard and you referred to the fact that all religions will have to live by the standard which will cause a shortage in the foster care system, one kind of foster family will qualify. I just wonder how that is going to work for them. It is legislating homosexuality and legislating religion.

  • pagansister

    Guess you wouldn’t want a gay couple to foster a child, huh cknuck?

  • cknuck

    pagan it is as unnatural as the gorilla who adopted the kitten who can never teach the kitten how to be a kitten. I know you will consider that a terrible analogy but there is an natural design for family and homosexuality is far from it.

  • http://worldsofmegraves.wordpress.com m.e.graves

    So, what you are saying now, ck, is that homosexuals not only can’t teach children how to be good little boys and girls, but, in your comparison, aren’t even of the same species?
    Darn it, ck, you’ve figured us out. H22 and pagan, it’s time GOP and I finally reveal who we truly are. As ck so astutely pointed out, what you all refer to as “homosexuals” are actually Glorbules from the planet Meekrab. You see, our planet is dying because we suffocated it with too much crepe paper and streamers from a decade long circuit party, So we traveled to this planet to infest it, person by person, with temptations of cruises to Ibiza and White Parties in Miami.
    GOP, we were so close, but we were foiled by that mastermind, ck. Come on, I hear there’s a planet in Orion’s Belt that is filled with nothing but power tops.

  • cknuck

    m.e. I love you dramatically ignorant rants. Homosexuals are people who are drawn to a same sex lifestyle which is contrary to nature, unproductive and both an abomination and insult to God and the way He designed humans.

  • Your Name

    Gee, taking out the garbage, doing the dishes, grocery shopping, going to the movies, voting, paying my taxes, cutting the lawn – this is “contrary to nature, unproductive and both an abomination and insult to God”???
    I’ll keep that in mind next time I drop my tithe into the offering plate.
    FOOL!

  • http://worldsofmegraves.wordpress.com m.e.graves

    ck, you are absolutely right. Maybe you should ask my husband how completely ignorant I am about homosexuality. Maybe I’m doing something wrong and given how extensively you have studied the subject, as you have said in previous posts, you can teach us a little something about homosexuality.
    The best part about your posts, ck, is that nobody takes you seriously, which makes playing with you all the more fun. So come on, ck, go ahead and give us all you got. We quiver with anticipation for you to tell us about your PhD. in homosexuality.

  • Mordred08

    “m.e. I love you”
    That’s what I was going to say after your March 4, 2011 4:43 AM post, but cknuck beat me to it.

  • cknuck

    I meant I love your dramatic rants not m.e. although I’m sure you would like to think the other way but that’s not new. All drama and no substance.

  • Your Name

    Methinks ck got his “PhD in homosexuality” from ‘experiential earned credits’ ;{O)

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