Suppose your government took an 11-year old child away from you–you’ve been his foster parents for two years–and put him in an institution. The reason? You’re Christians who believe homosexuality isn’t right.
They live in Somerset County in England. They have fostered nearly 30 children in the last 6 years. They won’t be fostering anymore, unless their court challenge succeeds. The Somerset County Council asked them to sign a statement that they would teach their foster children that homosexual relationships were on par with marriages. They refused. The Council took their 11-year old foster child who had been with them for two years. The Council put the boy in a council hostel.
Obviously the Council is a PC ass (or, if English law really does require the Council to act that way, the law is a PC ass). There’s not much to say about that aspect of it.
Here’s where something could be said. My instinct, if I were in that couple’s shoes, would be to lie like billy-o. Assuming that I’d be unlikely to have any legal trouble for it, my instinct would be to sign the statement in a flash and ignore it just as quick. Are my instincts right? Caring for children is a Christly work. On the other hand, lying is bad and so is disobeying those who are lawfully in authority. And perhaps “heightening the contradictions” by complying with unjust laws gets the law changed quicker.
Update: the situation has apparently been resolved, though its difficult to tell whether the Council caved or the Matherick’s caved or the whole thing was a misunderstanding or the conflict has been papered over with platitudes. See here and here. (Hat tip to Kaimi Wenger).