British court rules Christian beliefs harmful to children

Christian Examiner staff report


LONDON — A British court ruled that a couple cannot keep foster children because they are morally opposed to homosexuality because of their faith.

In the ruling February 28 the justices ruled that homosexual rights “should take precedence” over the rights of religious beliefs. The Judges stated that Christian beliefs on sexual ethics may be ‘inimical’ to children, and they implicitly upheld an Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) submission that children risk being ‘infected’ by Christian moral beliefs.

Eunice and Owen Johns were foster parents during the 1990s, caring for nearly 20 children, according to the Telegraph. They tired to reapply in 2007 but their application was blocked after a social worker expressed concern about their belief on homosexuality.

In November 2010 both parties jointly asked the Court to rule on whether the Johns were able to foster children, or whether they could be excluded from doing so under equality law because of their Christian beliefs.

“The Johns are a mild mannered, ordinary Christian couple, yet they may never be able to foster children again. They were willing to love a child regardless of sexual orientation, but not willing to tell a young child that practicing homosexuality was a positive thing,” said Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre.

“Eunice and Owen Johns have been humiliated and sidelined and told by a Government body (the EHRC) that their mainstream Christian views might “infect” children” she continued.

After the ruling, Eunice Johns told the Telegraph that she and her husband “are extremely distressed at what the judges have ruled today.”

"It is just one more blow for us," Eunice told CBN. "It seems a dark day for Christians."

The nature of the judgment, according to the Christian Legal Centre, means that Christians who hold orthodox Christian views on the family, marriage and sexuality will continue to face difficulties in the fostering and adoption process and the Courts will not intervene to stop this from happening.

Religious groups feel that the ruling, suggesting that Christian with traditional views on sexual ethics are unsuitable as foster parents, will have a serious impact on the future of fostering and adoption in the United Kingdom by Christian couples.


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Published, March 2011

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