A test case starting today involves a couple who say they have been barred from fostering because they refuse to give up their religious belief that homosexuality is unacceptable.
Owen and Eunice Johns refuse to compromise their Pentecostal beliefs
Supporters hope their legal challenge will set a precedent for the rights of Christians to foster or adopt children without compromising their faith.
But senior bishops fear that if the ruling goes against them, it could have devastating consequences for those with religious beliefs.
Most of you will know by now that I don't hold a candle for any religion. However, this couple seem at first view to be God fearing couple, who just happen to believe as many people do that Homosexuality is not a normal state of affairs in the natural world. I don't think that in a foster situation that parents should unduly influence a child to follow any religion in particular, but if the child has already been taught religious beliefs and wants to continue, I for one would rather see a stable couple fostering or adopting children, rather than a same sex couple. I would hope though, that if a child they foster feels they have a tendency towards Homosexuality, they would be able to handle it sympathetically. If however they found a child trying on his foster mother's knickers, some mild chastisement, may be in order! There must be Pentecostal, Protestant, Catholic and Muslim children out there looking for a stable upbringing, so I wish the Johns every success in their appeal, a situation that should not have arisen in the first place in a stable, sensible democracy, which we are just beginning to get back to after the Marxist madness of the last 13 years.