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Rev Julian Mann: Christian parents risk losing their children to the State


The child of a couple described by police as Christian extremists has been taken into care by children’s services, it was announced yesterday.

A Media Protection Order issued by the Home Office has prevented the local children’s service concerned from being identified. But the relevant police service has revealed that the previous carers had been guilty of indoctrinating the child with Christian extremism. 

“The child was discovered at school promoting homophobic views in class, claiming that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. The child had also been reported by a classmate for religious extremism in the playground after being heard singing, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so,’ a police spokesperson said.

He continued: “When told not to incite homophobia by a classroom assistant, the child said: ‘The Bible teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman for life.’ That is why children’s services have taken this step to remove the child from two individuals who have now been served with an Extremism Disruption Order.”

A fictional British newspaper report, thank the good Lord – for the time being.

But the Prime Minister’s statement this week that the State is the parent of children in government care marks the start of the slope down which that story could eventually become true.

Though motivated by no doubt sincere concern for vulnerable children, Mr Cameron’s statement conveyed a socially Marxist view of the role of the State. He did not say, as one would have expected from the elected political leader of a free country, that the State’s duty of care results from the tragic circumstances under which certain children cannot be looked after by their biological parents.

He said: “Children’s services support the most vulnerable children in our society. They are in our care; we, the State, are their parents; and we are failing them.”

The clear enemy of the statism advocated by the politically correct establishment in Britain is Christianity, as Mary Douglas has superbly argued on this blog, so Christian parents are bound to become the target of aggressively secular officialdom.

Tragically, the State taking children away because their parents are bringing them up as Christians has already happened in a Western democracy – Norway. In November, officials from Barnevernet, the Norwegian government’s welfare arm, took away the five children of Pentecostal Christians, Marius and Ruth Bodnariu, including a three-month-old baby, charging the parents with ‘Christian Indoctrination’.

The Anglican Christian tradition is unequivocal that man and wife are spiritually and morally responsible for the nurture of the children born to them. The Solemnization of Matrimony in the Book of Common Prayer states that God ordained the institution of heterosexual marriage ‘for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord (a reference from Ephesians 6v4 in the context of which the ‘Lord’ is to be identified as Jesus Christ), and to the praise of his holy Name.’

Even in tragic cases where the State has to intervene for the protection of children, it can never replicate the God-ordained role of a child’s father and mother. If it believes it can, then it is playing God and that delusion can only yield terrible consequences for society.

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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