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Ruling Could Force RC Adoption Agency Closure

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Laws in UK are causing persecution of Christians in that country. The latest ruling by UK commission is forcing closure of a Catholic adpotion agency for its policy on same-sex adoption.

08/19/2010 UK (The Christian Institute)-The last remaining Roman Catholic adoption agency in England and Wales is facing the prospect of closure after losing the latest round in its battle to protect its religious ethos.

Of the eleven Roman Catholic adoption agencies operating in 2007, Catholic Care is the only one which hasn’t yet closed down or ditched its religious ethos because of Labour’s sexual orientation regulations.

The Leeds-based charity had argued that it was entitled to change its “charitable objects” so that it could continue to place children with only married, heterosexual couples.

Close
But now the Charity Commission has rejected Catholic Care’s case and told it to either close down its adoption service or alter its stance on same-sex adoption.

The Commission also claimed that Catholic Care’s religious views didn’t justify their refusal to place children with homosexual couples.

And while the Commission acknowledged that Catholic Care provided a “valuable, high quality adoption service”, it also claimed that the agency hadn’t shown “sufficiently convincing and weighty reasons” for its stance.

Vulnerable
The decision is the latest development in a long running legal battle to protect the agency’s religious liberty.

It follows a High Court ruling earlier this year which ordered the Charity Commission to review Catholic Care’s position.

A spokesman for the adoption agency, which has been praised for its success in finding homes for vulnerable children, said: “The charity is very disappointed with the outcome.

Orientation

Criticism

Concern
The ruling comes amidst increasing concern among many Christians that their rights and liberties are often trampled on by homosexual ‘rights’.

Earlier this year it was revealed that two Christian B&B owners who wouldn’t give a double bed to a homosexual couple were set to face legal action.

Mike and Susanne Wilkinson, who run the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, turned the same-sex couple away because it was against their convictions to let them share a double room in their home.

Sued
The Wilkinsons would have offered the couple separate single rooms, but were unable to do so as the guesthouse was fully booked.

Their case is similar to that of Christian B&B owners from Cornwall who are currently being sued over the same issue.

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