Yet another reason which we should refuse to call progressives liberals.
Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beaton have ruled that Eunice and Owen Johns, who have fostered many children already, must be banned from fostering any further children – because they think it wrong to promote a homosexual lifestyle to any child in their care. The Owens hold what is for today the heretical view that any sex outside marriage is wrong.
The Johns have refused to indoctrinate any child in their care with propaganda in service of the homosexual lobby. Remember we are speaking of children no older than ten years. How appropriate is it to speak to an eight year old about homosexuality?
There is a need for perhaps another 10,000 foster carers, but only if they are willing to promote homosexuality.
This grossly intolerant ruling goes further than merely banning orthodox Christians from fostering. In their judgement Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beaton said that as Britain was a “largely secular”, multi-cultural country the laws of the country “do not include Christianity.”
The judges ruled that the rights of homosexuals not to be offended are more important and of greater value than the rights of Christians to express the beliefs held by the Church throughout its existence.
Cornelius Van Til taught us that no belief is neutral, no value arises without presupposition. Every value we have arises from a basic presupposition about the nature of existence. The judges, however, think that this applies only to those with religious belief and that secular values are neutral and arise form an uncoloured and purely rational view of life.
The values behind this, and a number of similar judgements, are militantly atheistic and have the effect of pushing Christianity out of public life. If we follow the thrust of the ruling it means that for the moment it is permitted to hold the thought but not to commit the action consequent on the thought. If we accept this it means that Christianity is reduced to a private set of views which are not allowed to influence our practice.
There is already pressure upon Christians from the narrow minded progressive lobby to restrict us from voicing opinions which are contrary to progressive orthodoxy. People have been arrested and fined, even on the streets of Glasgow, for saying that the Bible considers homosexuality a sin. Free speech may be a primary value, but only as long as it accords with progressive thinking.
In a sinister development it is recorded that during the case, the Equality and Human Rights Commission suggested that the Johns attend a ‘re-education’ programme. Mrs Johns asked ‘Why do we need to be re-educated? Because we believe that homosexuality is not right?’ The Johns were told “You would have to tell the child it is all right to be homosexual because there are too many children that are confused with their sexuality.”
What we are witnessing is the progressive ghettoisation of traditional Christianity.