Earlier this week there was a news item concerning a Christian couple that had been refused the right to act as foster carers for children. One of the articles about it is here
I think this article is a bit misleading. When it says:
because they are unwilling to promote a homosexual lifestyle to a child
I don’t think anyone was requiring them to promote a homosexual lifestyle. It was more that they were being required not to denounce it.
I think the article is unbalanced and unreasonable in some of its other assertions:
- The fact that a view was mainstream until recently proves nothing
- Strongly held religious views can just as easily be evil as good
- Whether or not the views are directly relevant to the children or not isn’t necessarily the most important thing
- Moral certainties are more dangerous than beliefs
But there are also problems and unanswered questions.
Is it ok to have these views and have your own children? Are you allowed to tell the children about your views?
But you aren’t allowed to foster other children.
But can you teach them? So long as you don’t tell them what you believe. Do you have to be hypocritical?
Really, I think we need to learn and continually re-learn to accept the differences that exist in other people. Religious differences. Physical differences. Gender differences. Racial differences. Differences in thoughts. In feelings.
These people are allowed to feel the way that they do about homosexuality. Just as I’m allowed to feel the way I do about religion and gender.
What matters more is how they and I … we … deal with these issues.
How they would teach children they care for to deal with them.
What if a child that they were taking care of was gay? Or had a brother or sister that was? Or a friend. An uncle? An Aunt? Would they be accepting and loving? Or casting out? Or visiting prayer groups and demon casting?
The articles in the press that I’ve read don’t ask or answer these kind of questions. And so they seem to maybe be missing the point.