Saints Augustine of Canterbury, Columba, and the Venerable Bede have been spinning in their graves enough during the last few decades to power a few small British cities, and this week’s events gave them enough incentive to keep doing so for a while yet. On Monday, a court ruled that a Pentecostal couple with years of experience in providing foster care to children was “unfit” to provide such care in the future. Why?
They have a Biblical view of sexuality, that’s why. When they wouldn’t assure the social worker who interviewed them that they would tell foster children that homosexual acts are just fine and dandy, the social worker “expressed concerns.” Why, such blinkered intolerance could endanger the “welfare” of the children!
In its decision, the court in essence said that the right of homosexuals to receive approbation from society for their lifestyle trumps the religious freedom of Christians. At the same time, the court also insisted, “No one is asserting that Christians – or, for that matter, Jews or Muslims – are not fit and proper persons to foster or adopt.” Suuuuuuuuuuuure, they’re not.
In the wake of this decision, some people are beginning to ask some very pertinent questions about the future of Christianity in Britain, such as how long it will continue to be tolerated. Sean Gabb speculates:
Yesterday, they were barred from fostering, and perhaps also from adoption. It is only a matter of time before they are barred from teaching. It is conceivable that they will eventually be classed – on account of their beliefs – as unfit parents and will have their children taken away from them. Before that happens, of course, there will be laws against home education, and an inquisition in the schools of what they have been telling their children.
I wish I could say that this seems far-fetched, but the sequence of news items I’ve seen over the last few years leads me to believe that Europe’s political class is so unremittingly hostile to orthodox Christianity that Gabb’s scenario is all too plausible. Homeschooling parents are already getting hauled into court in Germany and Scandinavia.
On the other hand, the Brits are due to die out in a few decades since they’re not having any children. Maybe the Muslims who will be running the country by that point will treat the Christians better. There could be a silver lining to Eurabia.