Saturday, February 23, 2008

Resistance Is Futile, Drones.

Little by little, Christians who practice their faith are edged a further from the public square. It really does not do to question the edicts of Big Brother, however good your motives. The story is in the paper today: Foster couple challenges homosexuality laws. This is the tale of a loving couple who, thank God, are challenging this nonsense in a bid to open their home to foster children:

The couple, who have been married for 39 years, had applied to offer weekend respite care for foster children under the age of 10.

But the adoption panel was also unhappy that the couple was adamant that any child in their home would have to go to church with them on Sundays. Mrs Johns, a retired nurse, is a Sunday school teacher.

The adoption panel has admitted in internal documents that Mr and Mrs Johns could feel that they had been "discriminated against on religious grounds".

Mrs Johns said: "I would love any child, black or white, gay or straight. But I cannot understand why sexuality is an issue when we are talking about boys and girls under the age of 10."
[Emphasis mine]


Needless to say, Professor Scruton always puts these things so much more elegantly than I could.

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Blogger Fr PF said...

Not just individuals but governments too are being forced to conform:

12:43 PM  
Blogger WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Baring in mind that married couples in secure long term marriages are finding it nigh on impossible to adopt children I can't help wondering why the push for couples in inherently unstable relationships such as 'in sin' or gay are even being considered.
It screams agenda rather than the best interests and rights of children.
God bless-and God help this couple as they challenge this.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Oliver said...

1) To encourage the placing of children among any two humans .....

2) To discourage the placing of children among serious Christian couples ...

9:57 AM  
Blogger MaggieClitheroe said...

I've blogged about our long wait to be able to adopt, (nearly six years approved, and still no child placed with us). We were turned down a few years ago for a wee boy and girl (from a Catholic background) because their social worker was worried about "how we would deal with the boy's sexuality" He was 5 years old, for goodness sake! (and why not the girl's sexuality I wonder!!). Yes, being Catholic, (or a committed Christian) in a stable loving home, and homeschooling one's birth child, are definitely 'no no's' to a lot of social workers.
I enjoy your blog - is that a picture of the Wills building I see elsewhere? We used to live in Bristol!

8:56 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Maggie that's an outrage. Who the heck ARE there people?

Yes, that is Brizzle. I miss it, so it was nice to see it all again. The conference was in the Wills Building itself.

It felt a bit odd talking about cancer pain in a building paid for with tobacco money. hey ho.

10:42 PM  
Blogger MaggieClitheroe said...

You may well ask! They are like gods unto themselves! Each child has its own social worker, and if they don't like the look of you, (or rather they don't like the look of your form) you don't get a look in, no matter what other people think of you. It has been admitted to us that there is a lot of anti-Catholic bias in the social services. But it's the thought of the children lingering in foster homes that makes me sad, and angry.
I miss Brizzle too - used to work in the Museum & Art Gallery, next door to the Wills building - but I don't miss Bristolians!!!

11:17 PM  

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