Thursday, March 03, 2011

High Court Bars "Christian" Foster Parents

A Christian, married couple, Owen and Eunice Johns, who, because of their religious beliefs, could not agree to affirm homosexual relationships and behavior, have been deemed by the High Court as unqualified to foster parent kids---even though they have successfully done so in the past.

Lord Justice Mumby and Justice Beatson, from the UK High Court, handed down a landmark ruling earlier this week suggesting that Mr. and Mrs. Johns' traditional Christian beliefs on sexuality are "inimical" to children.

Inimical?

Webster says it means, "hostile; unfriendly; in opposition."

The UK Derby City Council had blocked the Johns' foster parent application earlier because of their biblical beliefs which kept them from affirming the practice of homosexuality to a child. The Johns are well known in the community and are Pentecostal Christians.

They told the press, "We have been excluded because we have moral opinions based on our faith."

Isn't this religious discrimination?

"No," the judges say. "There has been no religious discrimination," because they were excluded because of their MORAL views on sexual ethics, rather than their Christian beliefs."

The Judges added that the right to manifest religious belief outlined in the European Human Rights Act was only a "qualified" right.

Their ruling also implicitly upheld a charge brought against the Johns by the homosexual activist group Equalities and Human Rights Commission, stating that children risk being "infected" by Christian moral beliefs.

BBC News religious affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott, says this is certainly a landmark case.

He said, "This is the most decisive ruling against the idea of Christian values underpinning English law since judges ruled last year that to protect views simply because they were religious would be irrational, divisive, and arbitrary."

The Christian Post quoted Christian Legal Center (who are representing the Johns in an appeal) director Andrea Williams, "If Christian morals are harmful to children and unacceptable to the state, then how many years do we have before natural children start being taken away from Christians?"

How many years...

The Derby City Council welcomed the court's ruling, promising to walk on through the night, while a director of "Stonewall," a homosexual rights advocacy organization in England said, "Thankfully Mr. and Mrs. Johns' outdated views aren't just out of step with the majority of people of modern Britain, but those of many Christians too."

"Out of step with many Christians too."

"Outdated views."

But this is in England, not here. Right?

Today as you read this, in Olympia, there are more than half a dozen bills being nurtured toward being approved by a Legislature in which a majority agree with much of what I have shared with you above. Are we that far down the slope? No, but the stage is being carefully and incrementally set for such a time.

There are senators and representatives in Olympia who boldly and vocally stand against this kind of cultural tyranny every time it rears its head---however, they are in the minority.

As we speak, Sen Ed Murray, Rep. Jamie Pederson and other homosexual activist legislators are working bills through the legislative process, explaining that they are merely adjusting to laws previously past or clarifying what is already on the record in a, "this is no big deal tone of voice."

Some legislators look at their bills individually and see fairness, tolerance, civil rights, etc., and say "Sure, I don't want to be a bigot, I'll vote yes or no as required." But I promise that these bills collectively are setting a stage that will produce a narrative that most really don't want.

We are doing what we can do to sound the alarm, turn on the lights, shout it from the rooftops and the mountain tops and whatever other descriptive metaphor comes to mind. Your prayerful and
financial support allows us to continue.

A cultural battle is continuing to develop, the likes of which we have not seen in this country and in our communities.

"Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?" I Corth. 14:8.

Thanks for helping us blow the trumpet.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Heard. Be Blessed.

_______________
Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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9 comments:

  1. Thanks Gary. We support you every month. Keep blowing the trumpet. God bless you.

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  2. Your blogs and insights are very helpful to me and my family. Keep up the good work.

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  3. In reading the links you provided, I noticed that the judges seem to be parsing words in defining thedifference between religious freedom, personal beliefs and expression. Thank you for writing on this. I saw it on a lot of news wires this morning.

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  4. Thanks for writing on this. All of this is part of a campaign to obliterate any common sense and rational approach to dealing with ourselves as human beings. The language of the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the moral views of the Johns may ‘infect’ a child says it all. This is now a society where the Church of the Equality and Human Rights is the arbiter of morality and all other moral viewpoints are dangerous infections against which society must be immunised. British society – and by extension and in time all western societies – are now being defined in such a way that the Church of Human Rights will rule supreme.
    Troubled in England.

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  5. You are an alarmist.

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  6. Gee, Gary, ya kinda forgot to mention the part about a conflict with laws already on the books protecting people from sexual discrimination.

    The court found that laws protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation "should take precedence" over the right not to be discriminated against on religious grounds.

    Foster parenting isn't traditional parenting. It's a public service and subject to laws against discrimination. Meanwhile, you're still free to teach all the bigotry you want to your own kids.

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  7. Anon 10:21. Congrats. You have defined this in a way that the rest of the world is missing, including a very liberal BBC. Are people really discriminating if they refuse to teach something to kids? How far are you willing to take that line of thinking? Are people bigots because of what they don't believe? How are children being discriminated against by loving, caring, proven foster parents? There is no suggestion that the foster parents have ever discriminated, bullied or spoke against gays and their lifestyle. Should approved parents be forced to teach, abortion, sharia law,a vegan diet, homosexual behavior and a million other life choices as well, because there are people who believe in all those things. What about polygamy? I agree. Gee Gary, thanks for keeping us informed and giving us links.
    Gary, you pointed out the tone in which gay activists move their agenda forward in a "no big deal" attitude. I see that expressed often in the comments of those who oppose you and the beliefs expressed here. Keep up the good work.

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  8. 10:46,

    Actually, that information came from the article Gary linked to on "the very liberal BBC". They defined it, not me. You should really read the links Gary posts.

    No one said the children were being discriminated against. Only that the court ruling was to uphold existing law against sexual discrimination.

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  9. As sad as it is, Gary, that the Supreme Court backs the Freedom of Speech to the degree that Signs of Hate may be displayed at a soldier's funeral, because we as Americans do cherish discussion, debate, and abhor dictatorships which in essence say, "Shut up, sit down.." and we end up in a New Kind of H*##. It was one of the Four Freedoms fought for in WW2.

    Inimical? If the parents would follow the ideology to Stand For Everything really means to stand for nothing. These parents stand FOR the children, as those who know how hard it is to Foster Parent children. Children do grow into adults who do self actualize, and challenge Truth. This is why we Americans Declared our Independence from a Parent country.

    Proven Foster Parents may be rare, as in our culture, lasting marriage is. Kudoos and honor to Mr. & Mrs. Johns for their selflessness in their calling as Foster Parents.

    Gary, I single out your blog daily and read to keep the scales off my eyes. Well done, Gary, well done.

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