Skip to comments.Foster child to be taken away because Christian couple refuse to teach him about homosexuality
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.
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
But there’s never really been an example of a right-wing fascist. Fascism just doesn’t fit with the conservative philosophy.
That was my first thought, but knowing the social services swine, they would probably grill the kid on what he’d been taught. The cat would be out of the bag then.
California is getting very close, what with that new “Mom & Dad is bad” legislation signed by Ahnold.
and he will be placed in a council hostel on Friday.
Translation: New Speak for the word orphanage.
Marxism on the march.
Exactly! It is Marxism!
We should STOP ( yes, I am shouting) using the words liberal, leftist, socialist, progressive, etc. It is MARXISM and should be shouted from the roof tops!
We are in a philosophical civil war and we will NOT win if we can´t even call it what it is!
The Marxist´s MOST important and effective weapon against freedom are our children. In this case they are using foster care, but in most cases it is government K-12 schools and our colleges and universities.
We can survive a nuclear suit case bomb, but freedom will not survive if the Marxists succeed in indoctrinating the next generation of voters.
I have a saying:
Scratch a liberal and under his thin skin is a hard core socialist. Dig a little deeper and you will find the Marxist nuclear fuel rod that drives everything he says and does.
What about tolerance of beliefs?
Marxists never were, are not now, and never will be tolerant.
The UK has obviously “lost it”. The secular humansists have succeeded in shaping policy in the UK and are trying to push this type of PC nonsense on the US. They have already succeeded by taking prayer out of school and removing references to God or religion in our public life.
I think the UK has much deeper issues to worry about than whether children are being taught about homosexuality.
This article is from a few years ago, but crime is out of control and has only gotten worse. Did I mention they have a gun ban in London that doesn’t work? If fact, gun crime has gone up since the ban.
Satan’s plans/dreams to banish God’s Words will end up in the lake of fire forever with him and his.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet ... These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
At what point in the conditioning process do you draw the line? We have been told by God how we should live and behave. In this post modernist age, we are being told that a man centered way of life is superior. The latter philosophy is now using the power of the state to impose it's will, how long till Scriptures are banned because they don't support the new philosophy?
“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.”
They would never dare do this with a Muslim foster family.
“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 Id think thatd just about be the only way any Christian believers could participate in foster care.”
You make some good points, but the problem is that “the other side” continues to encroach more and more into our lives while social conservatives continue to retreat. It’s a question of who is most successful in grabbing power and where you decide to draw the line.
Coming to a government near you, soon.
This is one of the goals of the secular socialists, it involves indoctrination and the destruction of the traditional family. You won't be allowed to protect your kid from secular socialist indoctrination if they get control of the government.
Her unroyal lowness is eager to bring such to a neighborhood near you . . . part of SHRILLERY CARE or some such . . .
And the traitorous Senate is eager to back her up.
And the globalists are laughing all the way to hell in their suicidal, clueless destructive glee.
Only the date is uncertain . . . though it clearly appears to be increasingly close . . . and certainly in our era.
I don’t agree with this, but actually the government does and should have the right to tell foster parents what to teach their foster children. Foster children are wards of the state. Their parents are the government. Therefore, it is the government that makes all decsions about the raising of the child.
Only once the parental rights are terminated, and the child is adopted does the child cease to be a ward of the state.
Yepper, the tools that were so celebrated by the righteous right when used against tobacco are now being used to pound them over the head. Can’t say we didn’t warn ‘em.
The answer is that some beliefs are more acceptable than others.
Personally, I blame the foster parents. If they had had the good sense to be members of an ethnic minority (except Jewish, obviously) this would never have happened.
What is going on in this world lately? Is it me or are things spinning more and more out of control, faster and faster?
NO, It's not just you. It IS spinning downwards faster and faster . . . though under very heavy handed control . . . chaos is being deliberately engineered in order to coerce the world's people into a totalitarian world government much easier.
The world's DEATH SPIRAL has been going on increasingly at least since 1960's. I knew the puppet masters put JFK in power. I knew LIFE Magazine and Time were prime mouth-pieces for the puppet masters. No one had to tell me. It was obvious. I was in Jr High.
Some say it's been going on at least 400 years of careful calculated collusion by the elites.
Check out the Georgia Guide Stones . . .
Their sanitized goals are still startlingly tyrannical:
THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES
1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Some sources assert that the goal has been revised to 200,000,000. NORTHAM is slated to be a gigantic National Park with most signs of man obliterated except for luxury sites for the elite to . . . play.
2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
Read INFANTICIDE, EUGENICS, GENOCIDE, . . . Blacks, homosexuals et al were originally slatedl--and likely still are--for total extermination until it was realized that they could be used to help fracture the society and increase big government on the road toward the global government.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
I haven't heard about the state of this one. Some would claim Esperanto was designed to be that. English seems to have done the job pretty well so far . . . with more Chinese Speaking English than Americans.
4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
A milksop to faith--in Traditional terms. Utter blind and totally obedient faith will be required to be demonstrated in worship of the world ruler. All other faith is slated for obliteration by the elites . . . except, of course, . . . for faith in such tyrannical notions as SHRILLERY CARE.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
Actually, at least one convincing doc asserts that the police are slated to be tasked as judge, jury and literally--executioners. Law-breakers are to be shot dead on sight. There's evidently some discussion that folks ought to be allowed one or two parking tickets before the final solution is administered.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
A nice sounding, egalitarian flavored deception . . . What makes anyone think that the globalists who've already melded the world's economic system; banking systems; travel gate keeping; etc. into one more or less seamless increasingly homogeneous unified whole
. . .
What makes anyone think that the globalists who are so addicted to !!!!!!!!CONTROL!!!!!!!! will let ANYONE alone. Cell phones can now track everyone whether turned on, or not.
. . .
All cultures will be ruled with an iron fist strictly according to the edicts and whims of the world ruler . . . a bloke worse than all the other Machiavellian despots of history COMBINED.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
See police powers slated above--shoot lawbreakers on sight--dead.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
Didn't Hitler, Marx & Stalin say something similar?
9. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
Ahhhhh, the supposed supremecy of reason . . . and another milksop toward a vague "infinite"--CERTAINLY NOT the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. . . . whom the elites are convinced will LOSE at Armageddon. Boy are they in for a "rude" awakening. The truth of the world's ruler's edicts is all that will be a priority . . . along with the truth of destroying most of humanity as fast as possible. Hell has it's priorities, you understand. Literally.
10.Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.
Ahhhhh, just as Scripture predicted . . . given over to the worship of the created, the creatures vs THE CREATOR. Witness . . . snail darters are more important than people.
The Biblical prophecies that have come true since 1948 when Israel became a nation have been unprecedented in number and precision . . . 100's by some counts.
I'm increasingly of the conviction that anyone who fails to see the looming world government brazenly in the wings as well as in daily headlines . . . must be willfully asleep, blind, deaf . . . &/or exceedingly uninformed. I realize selective perception is a very powerful psychological dynamic . . . but it's getting increasingly ridiculous to observe . . . even . . . particularly amongst CONSERVATIVE, AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANS AND FREEPERS. Wake-up, folks.
Not quite. Everything is tolerated, its just that some things are more tolerated than others.
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