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Foster child to be taken away because Christian couple refuse to teach him about homosexuality
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Posted on 10/23/2007 9:32:53 PM PDT by Def Conservative

Foster child to be taken away because Christian couple refuse to teach him about homosexuality By JAMES MILLS

They are devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of caring for almost 30 vulnerable children.

But Vincent and Pauline Matherick will this week have their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations.

To do so, they claim, would force them to promote homosexuality and go against their Christian faith.

The 11-year-old boy, who has been in their care for two years, will be placed in a council hostel this week and the Mathericks will no longer be given children to look after.

The devastated couple, who have three grown up children of their own, became foster parents in 2001 and have since cared for 28 children at their home in Chard, Somerset.

Earlier this year, Somerset County Council's social services department asked them to sign a contract to implement Labour's new Sexual Orientation Regulations, part of the Equality Act 2006, which make discrimination on the grounds of sexuality illegal.

Officials told the couple that under the regulations they would be required to discuss same-sex relationships with children as young as 11 and tell them that gay partnerships were just as acceptable as heterosexual marriages.

They could also be required to take teenagers to gay association meetings.

When the Mathericks objected, they were told they would be taken off the register of foster parents.

The Mathericks have decided to resign rather than face the humiliation of being expelled.

Mr Matherick, a 65-year-old retired travel agent and a primary school governor, said: "I simply could not agree to do it because it is against my central beliefs.

"We have never discriminated against anybody but I cannot preach the benefits of homosexuality when I believe it is against the word of God."

Mrs Matherick, 61, said they had asked if they could continue looking after their foster son until he is found a permanent home, but officials refused and he will be placed in a council hostel on Friday.

She said: "He was very upset to begin with. We are all very close, but he's a mature young man and he's dealing with it."

The couple, who have six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild, are both ministers at the nonconformist South Chard Christian Church.

When they first started fostering they took in young single mothers and their babies.

More recently they have been caring for children of primary school age.

Mr Matherick added: "It's terrible that we've been forced into this corner. It just should not happen.

"There are not enough foster carers around anyway without these rules.

"They were saying that we had to be prepared to talk about sexuality with 11-year-olds, which I don't think is appropriate anyway, but not only that, to be prepared to explain how gay people date.

"They said we would even have to take a teenager to gay association meetings.

"How can I do that when it's totally against what I believe?"

Religious campaigners say the couple are the latest victims of an equality drive which puts gay rights above religious beliefs.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have complained that the rules force them to overturn long-held beliefs.

The Mathericks are planning to fight their case in the courts with the backing of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.

The same organisation is backing Christian magistrate Andrew McClintock who resigned from the family courts in a row over gay adoption.

He says he was forced to resign because he was not allowed to opt out of cases where he might have to send a child to live with gay parents.

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The Mathericks' case comes at a time when there is a chronic shortage of foster parents, who work on a voluntary basis.

An extra 8,000 are needed to plug the gaps in the service.

Researchers have found that continually moving children from home to home can have a devastating impact on their education and general welfare.

But a report last year revealed that the shortage of carers meant that some children in care are being forced to move up to three times a year.

David Taylor, Somerset County Council's corporate director for children and young people, said: "No decision has been made about the deregistration of Mr and Mrs Matherick.

"The council is committed to promoting the interests of children and young people and welcomes foster carers from all backgrounds and faiths."

Find this story at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=489285&in_page_id=1770 ©2007 Associated Ne


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: adoption; children; christophobia; culture; europeanchristians; gaystapo; gaystapotactics; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; indoctrination; moralabsolutes; parentalrights; perverts; pinkmafia; sexualizingchildren; tolerantleft
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What about tolerance of beliefs?
1 posted on 10/23/2007 9:32:55 PM PDT by Def Conservative
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To: Def Conservative

What is this world coming to?


2 posted on 10/23/2007 9:34:57 PM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Def Conservative

Disgusting. The government shouldn’t be telling foster parents what they can and can’t teach children.


3 posted on 10/23/2007 9:37:53 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Def Conservative

Where is this at?


4 posted on 10/23/2007 9:38:00 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: Def Conservative

What is ging on this world lately? Is it me or are things spinning more and more out of control, faster and faster?


5 posted on 10/23/2007 9:39:08 PM PDT by The Cuban
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To: Def Conservative

The title you created “Foster son taken from Christian couple because they object to homosexuality” didn’t match the title at the source and had to be changed.

We’re trying to reduce the number of duplicate threads. Please help us by using only the original published title.

Thanks.


6 posted on 10/23/2007 9:39:31 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Def Conservative

the great liberal lie. they only have tolerance for their point of view. unreal.


7 posted on 10/23/2007 9:39:34 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: Def Conservative

There used to be a “Legion of Decency” that told you what was right. Now the “Legion of Indecency” run by the Gaystapo requires you to indoctrinate your child into the pornocopia of sexual fetishes “or else”.

Such is the sex positive agenda which seeks to end all moral judgements over ALL sexual pairings regardless of age, sex, relation, marital status, number, or species of partner(s). They want to see everyone sexually active at every age and see abstinence as an unhealthy suppresson of the birthright of sexual pleasures.

Wake up people.


8 posted on 10/23/2007 9:40:49 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: eccentric

Merry (or gay) Olde England.


9 posted on 10/23/2007 9:40:59 PM PDT by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is criminal insanity writ large.)
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To: The Cuban

It’s not you....believe me...i see it everyday and struggle to keep a sense of humor.


10 posted on 10/23/2007 9:42:20 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: wagglebee; WKB; Sopater; NYer

ping


11 posted on 10/23/2007 9:42:21 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Sun

1 Peter 5:8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”


12 posted on 10/23/2007 9:42:23 PM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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To: Def Conservative

Used to be a time that an 11 year old didn’t know and didn’t care about anyone’s sexuality.


14 posted on 10/23/2007 9:46:17 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Def Conservative
Religious campaigners say the couple are the latest victims of an equality drive which puts gay rights above religious beliefs.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have complained that the rules force them to overturn long-held beliefs.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I can imagine the outrage of the Islamo-Nazi community if the authorities try to place a Muslim child with a Gay couple.

15 posted on 10/23/2007 9:47:41 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Sun

“What is this world coming to?”

Jesus did say we’d be persecuted for his name’s sake in the end times. It’s only going to get worse before things get better.


16 posted on 10/23/2007 9:49:26 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: Def Conservative

Forcing foster parents to sign this agreement is simply their way of making sure that Christians will not be raising these kids and will be forever excluded from the system. God help these children in the homes that are left to them.


17 posted on 10/23/2007 9:49:27 PM PDT by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - President Fred D. Thompson /"The Constitution means what is says.")
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To: The Cuban

The decadence of society. Meanwhile you have the hollyweirds buying 3rd world country children for publicity, when you have children right here in the USA waiting for adoption.


19 posted on 10/23/2007 9:54:25 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Def Conservative
There are many more deserving foster parents in the UK than these close-minded Christians. Like for example these people.
20 posted on 10/23/2007 9:56:36 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: Def Conservative; Quix

30 years ago, in my freshman biology class, I was required to study and be tested on evolution. I was advised by other Christian students to answer the questions per the theory of evolution so as to show I’d studied and comprehended the topic, while still holding to my own creationist beliefs in my heart. I did so, and went on with my life.

Also, when my kids were little, I did NOT teach them to believe in Santa. I did, however, talk with them about how other children did believe Santa existed and that they were not to break the bad news to the other kids. So, they learned to know the truth within themselves but also to hold their peace with the other children.

Could these foster parents, perhaps, take a similar approach by exposing the child to “politically correct” theories but then helping the child know and comprehend the difference between humanistic lies and a true biblical world view?

In this day and age I’d think that’d just about be the only way any Christian believers could participate in foster care.


21 posted on 10/23/2007 9:57:38 PM PDT by Joya
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To: Def Conservative
The world will need a good right wing fascist to cleanse humanity of the perverts who are growing more bold every day. Better a fascist who can control the cleansing than a French Revolution style where many heads will roll.
22 posted on 10/23/2007 10:01:18 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: arderkrag
Which government?
23 posted on 10/23/2007 10:05:32 PM PDT by Hornitos
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To: Hornitos

Any government!


24 posted on 10/23/2007 10:08:26 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Def Conservative

I dunno..... Sometimes you just sign the scumbags’ forms and forget about it.


25 posted on 10/23/2007 10:08:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
The world will need a good right wing fascist

Tell me you're joking...you're advocating facism?
26 posted on 10/23/2007 10:09:24 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Joya

An interesting and thought-provoking post. We all have to make compromises in life, it seems.


27 posted on 10/23/2007 10:09:46 PM PDT by Hornitos
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To: arderkrag

Um, “taxation without representation” comes to mind. Supposedly, some would be happy with “representation without taxation.”


28 posted on 10/23/2007 10:11:47 PM PDT by Hornitos
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To: Hornitos

Umm...I really don’t under stand what you’re trying to get at as this relates to the story, or what I said in response.


29 posted on 10/23/2007 10:13:29 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
Sieg heil, eh dude? The world would sooner need a cleansing of the perverted mindset as apparently expressed in your post.
30 posted on 10/23/2007 10:14:09 PM PDT by Hornitos
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To: arderkrag

Do you really want to tell the British how to conduct their own local affairs? If so, then be willing to accept how the British want to conduct yours. Me, I am grateful to live in a society ruled by laws instead of by capricious men.


32 posted on 10/23/2007 10:17:51 PM PDT by Hornitos
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To: Hornitos
No, but simply, I don't think it's right for any government to act this way. I think that's pretty easy to understand.
33 posted on 10/23/2007 10:20:33 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Def Conservative

And the gay agenda marches on around the world. Lord help us.


34 posted on 10/23/2007 10:20:36 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically))
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To: Hornitos
No, but simply, I don't think it's right for any government to act this way. I think that's pretty easy to understand.
35 posted on 10/23/2007 10:20:36 PM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Disambiguator

Gaye Olde Englande.


36 posted on 10/23/2007 10:22:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: Hornitos

Thanks. Sigh. I guess we all pick our battles. It’s frustrating to hear of folks being “blackballed” for having a biblical world view.


37 posted on 10/23/2007 10:22:58 PM PDT by Joya
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To: Def Conservative

Marxism on the march....Children belong to the government, not the parents.


38 posted on 10/23/2007 10:25:08 PM PDT by rottndog (Oh, the Wind....How It Blows....Where it starts....No One Knows....)
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To: rottndog

At least the foster ones in Gaye Olde England. Of course they got to apply this equally. Wanna bet this stops once it gets the Mooselimbs into an uproar?


39 posted on 10/23/2007 10:28:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Of course...can’t possibly offend the mooslimes...THAT would be intolerant!


40 posted on 10/23/2007 10:29:21 PM PDT by rottndog (Oh, the Wind....How It Blows....Where it starts....No One Knows....)
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To: Doctor Raoul

“Used to be a time that an 11 year old didn’t know and didn’t care about anyone’s sexuality.”

That was before the left wing social misfits got ahold of the poor 11 year olds.


41 posted on 10/23/2007 10:37:44 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Disambiguator

I thought at first it was in the US. Who knew? If not, it soon will be.


42 posted on 10/23/2007 10:38:15 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: rottndog; All

“Marxism on the march....Children belong to the government, not the parents.”

it takes a Villag(of the Damned)


43 posted on 10/23/2007 10:39:19 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: river rat
In THIS one regard, I favor implementation of Sharia Law...

I'm still wondering why the clash between the queers and the towelheads hasn't happened yet. What's the delay? My popcorn is getting stale.

44 posted on 10/23/2007 10:45:15 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Thompson / Hunter in 2008)
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To: Def Conservative

Ellen DeGeneres, who cried buckets because of a dog being yanked from a couple of kids, will probably be doing cartwheels over a kid being taken from this couple after two years.


45 posted on 10/23/2007 10:47:45 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (From Slick Willie to Slick Hill'y in Eight Years?!)
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To: NurdlyPeon

Probably due to the dirty little secret - LOTS of Islamists are VERY loose in their own loafers....

LOTS of dark and busy closets in Islamistan!


46 posted on 10/23/2007 10:52:54 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
it takes a Villag Gulag(of the Damned)

Fixed.

};oþ
47 posted on 10/23/2007 10:59:04 PM PDT by rottndog (Oh, the Wind....How It Blows....Where it starts....No One Knows....)
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To: rottndog

Thanks ol pal!


48 posted on 10/23/2007 11:10:41 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Def Conservative

just wow...


49 posted on 10/24/2007 1:50:58 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Def Conservative
What about tolerance of beliefs?

Ah...liberals. Don't you just love'm. Do as I say, not as I do!

50 posted on 10/24/2007 3:47:04 AM PDT by mort56
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