An excellent post about the recent case brought by Eunice and Owen Johns. There has been an awful lot of misleading and hysterical coverage about this, including claims that Christians will be deemed unfit parents and have their children taken away. This is not to say that parents with negative views about homosexuality do not damage their children, because it is my firm opinion that they do. However parents damage their children in all sorts of ways, and there has to be evidence of a fairly serious threat to the welfare of a child before it is taken away. For a start the costs would be prohibitive if social services took children into care because their parents were homophobic, racist, sexist, had an unhealthy diet, smoked etc, but rather different standards apply to care provided under the auspices of the state.I blogged on the issue of foster parents here, and don't have a lot more to add other than that it is rather depressing to see the way in which the anxieties of fundamentalist Christians, who are certainly feeling beleaguered in our secular society, have coalesced around this issue almost to the extent that you would think it was the be all and end all of everything it means to be a follower of Christ!