Christian Group Outraged That Judge Okays Gay Couple's Adoption Of Abused Catholic Kids
"Christian Concern," a religious activism organization based in the United Kingdom, cannot believe that a High Court has ruled in favor of a gay couple adopting two kids who were abused and neglected by their strict Catholic parents.
The children, age two and four, were removed from their birth parents by the court after the father openly admitted to beating them regularly, and they were found by social workers to be left dirty and unkempt. The kids were adopted by a gay couple, prompting the birth parents, "proud" Slovaks and Catholics, to file suit to have the children removed from the adoptive parents.
“Slovakia still does not recognize same sex couples and so their Slovak roots and values will not be maintained," argued the birth parents in court. “The children will not be able to be brought up in the Catholic faith because of the conflicts between Catholicism and homosexuality. If as expected our children will try to find us and their siblings and roots, then they will discover huge differences between our culture and the way they’ve been brought up. This is likely to cause them great upset and to suffer a conflict within themselves such as to set them against their adoptive parents.”
The court disagreed, ruling in favor of the adoptive gay parents.
Family Court Judge James Munby wrote in his ruling:
There is nothing in all the material I have seen to suggest that the children’s placement with the prospective adopters was inappropriate or wrong, let alone irrational or unlawful. I have to judge matters according to the law of England, and by reference to the standards of reasonable men and women in contemporary English society.
The parents’ views, whether religious, cultural, secular or social, are entitled to respect but cannot be determinative. They have made their life in this country and cannot impose their own views either on the local authority or on the court.
Within minutes of the ruling's announcement, religious watchdog group "Christian Concern" released a statement bubbling over with outrage.
“We do not know all the details as to why adoption was deemed necessary but leaving that aside, this case raises profound concerns," said Christian Concern CEO Andrew Williams. "Why is it not possible to accommodate the beliefs of the natural parents and act in the best interests of the children? Why are these beliefs about marriage, which the government claims are protected, being trampled on? It is causing great present distress to the parents and as they have outlined is likely to cause great distress to the children in the future. Why not seek adoptive parents who share the beliefs of these parents?”
What do you think, Instincters? Do you think the abusive birth parents should have a say in the placement of the children they neglected and beat?