Christians banned from foster care over gay views
Al Webb, Religion News Service
March 02, 2011

Christians banned from foster care over gay views

Christians banned from foster care over gay views
Al Webb, Religion News Service
March 02, 2011

LONDON — 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 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.”

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