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Disappointment after Prime Minister of UK Favors Ruling Against Christian Couple in Foster Care Case

Disappointment after David Cameron says Christian foster care ruling was right

The Christian Institute has criticised Prime Minister David Cameron over his support for a High Court judgement upholding a local council’s right to refuse orthodox Christians as foster carers on the basis of their attitudes towards sexual ethics.

03/08/2011 England (Christian Today)-Owen and Eunice Johns had applied to be foster carers but their application was put on hold by Derby City Council after the couple said they would not be able to promote the homosexual lifestyle.

In response to a request by both parties for clarification on the law, the High Court ruled last week that the Council was within its rights to refuse Christian foster carers on the basis of their attitudes towards human sexuality.

Asked by the Derby Telegraph what he made of the ruling, the Prime Minister expressed his support.

“This matter was decided by a court in the appropriate way and I think we should rest with the judgement that was made,” he said.

“I think Christians should be tolerant and welcoming and broadminded.”

The Christian Institute raised concerns about the message his comments sends out about Christians.

Mike Judge, head of communications at the Christian Institute, said: “The Prime Minister has waded in on one side of a deeply controversial case, and suggested that Christians who share the Johns’ beliefs are automatically intolerant, unwelcoming and narrow-minded.

“One can disagree with homosexual behaviour without harbouring any hostility to homosexual individuals. Disagreement is not hatred.

“The remark will disappoint millions of orthodox Christians who hold the same views as the Johns.

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The High Court’s ruling has prompted concern among many Christians and even gay atheist historian David Starkey, who said on Question Time last week that he had “profound doubts” about the Johns’ case.

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The Government-funded Equality Commission was forced to apologise last week over comments made in its intervention in the case in which it said that the views of Christian foster parents may “infect” the children in their care.

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  • Smilieyface

    Unbelievable!!!!! Aren't there way more important issues?! The children will be loved and cared for. Who cares if the foster parents don't agree with a specific lifestyles!!! They will still love and support the child. Every child will come up with something the parents don't agree with, but that doesn't change the love toward the child. Not much freedom for the foster couple! Very disappointing!

  • Southernsales777

    Looks like persecution is not only limited to communist and moslem nations. Secularism is now unmasking itself and showing us its true odious colors. Lord have mercy!

  • Sue

    Oh no, that is disappointing. Don't people have the right to parent their children, in a way that does not conflict with their own value system? For a foster care agency to think it has the right to impose its belief on a family, is not right in my opinion...........

  • Jason

    What annoys me about the statement "Aren't there way more important issues?! The children will be loved and cared for" is that if you were to turn this around changing the "christian couple" to a "gay couple" your opinion no doubt would change. Am I correct?

  • Jessica

    I think the one who is being narrow minded here is the Prime Minister himself. He's so unfair.

  • Doglover

    so does this mean Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Wickans (sp) cannot foster either?

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