Saturday, November 03, 2007
Nanny Is Mother Nanny Is Father
It seems that Nanny has few views on what constitutes a "good" parent, as Vincent and Pauline Matherick found this week. They have fostered 28 children, but have had their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations.
They are practising Christians who are worried that the agreement would force them to promote homosexuality.
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.
They became foster parents in 2001, but no longer.
Somerset County Council's social services department asked them to sign a contract to implement Nanny's Sexual Orientation Regulations, which make discrimination on the grounds of sexuality illegal.
Nanny 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.
Mr Matherick 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 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.
An extra 8,000 foster parents are needed to fill the gaps in the service.
I am not in the slightest bit religious, I don't care for religions very much and don't believe in God.
I don't like bigotry.
However, the Mathericks don't come across bigoted and it seems that commonsense has been thrown out of the window in the interests of policy.
How does this help the 11 year old?
Nanny will be taking the same line with biological parents next.