Monday, 15 November 2010

"Much of the population" against gay adoption, claims Christian barrister

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In the latest example of court action backed by the Christian Legal Centre (which has also been seen recently complaining about media bias in favour of pagans), Dr Sheila Matthews, who used to sit on the Northamptonshire Council Adoption Panel, is to ask an employment tribunal to refer her case to the European Court of Justice. Matthews claims she was forced off the panel because of her Christian beliefs, and argues that her opposition to gay adoption is based on her medical opinion, which she says should take precendence over the equality laws:
“I understand that legislation permits same sex couples to adopt and they are positively encouraged to apply, but I have professional concerns, based on educational and psychological evidence, of the influences on children growing up in homosexual households and I feel this is not the best possible option for a child.”
 The case will sound very familiar to those used to reading about the Christian Legal Centre's frequent court battles against what they allege to be the increased marginalisation of Christian beliefs, but what's particularly striking about this story is a startling statement by the CLC's Barrister and CEO, Andrea Minichiello Williams:
"It cannot be right that a doctor of such standing is forced from her role on an adoption panel, just because of her professional and Christian views. Much of the population, and many studies, would agree with her professional and personal standpoint. Most professional opinion on this issue happens to fit closely with the Christian view. Yet Christians are being increasingly excluded from the public square and this can no longer go unnoticed."
So, apparently "much of the population" are against gay adoption. Surely that would come as news to the millions of people Williams appears to be speaking on behalf of? And that's without even getting into her claim regarding "most professional opinion". It'd certainly be nice to see her evidence...

Update: As eChurch Blog points out, this is not the first time Dr Matthews has been in court over a clash between her ethical views and her medical responsibilities. In 1999 she was sued, unsuccessfully, by a woman who claimed she had told her it was too late, at 14-and-a-half weeks, to have an abortion.
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