Christian foster parent struck off after Muslim child converts
Caring for children is her vocation, she said. It is what she loves to do: it is the reason she lives. She lives to love; she lives to give of herself sacrificially, selflessly, in order that some of the nation’s most vulnerable might have a better start in life.
The carer is unnamed by The Daily Mail, as is the council authority which accused her of failing to ‘respect and preserve’ Islam. It is telling that council officers attempted to persuade the girl to reconsider her decision, and to re-embrace Islam.
There appears to be no expectation that one should ‘respect and preserve’ Christianity, which is founded upon a history of conversions and for which the decision to convert is a fundamental tenet of the faith.
It is bemusing that a local council should intervene at all in the area of religion, and it is profoundly concerning indeed that such a body presumes the authority to dictate in matters of conscience or religious conversion. ‘Senior officials’ were ‘incandescent with rage’ that a baptism had gone ahead. They complained that they had not been fully informed of the girl’s intentions to become a Christian, and insisted that she ‘should have undergone counselling to ensure that she understood the implications’.
And who would have expounded these implications? Who would have judged her understanding? There could scarcely be a more blatant Orwellian manifestation of spiritual manipulation and thought control.
The girl was, after all, 16 years old when she chose to be baptised. She is considered intelligent, and ‘chose herself not to wear overtly Muslim clothes or to eat Halal food’. She also freely chose to attend church, despite her carer initially discouraging her. In short, she was of an age to decide herself how she wished to dress, what she wished to eat, and what religion she wished to follow. And this right is enshrined in UK law, not to mention the EU Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. Her decision to embrace Christianity ought to be of absolutely no concern to any petty (or 'senior') official in local government, and Cranmer has no idea why any employee of the British state should deem it their business to attempt to un-convert the converted.
But the gross incompetence and ineptitude of this council is further exemplified when one reads that this young convert to Christianity has been returned to her own family – who ‘have not been told of her conversion’. It was because she was ‘assaulted by a family member’ in 2007 that she was put into foster care in the first place. Does this council have confidence that this girl will be safe? Have they any assurance that she may not become the victim of an ‘honour killing’ for apostasy or denigrating Islam should some of her community discover that she has insulted the Prophet?
It beggars belief that the council considers the house in which this girl suffered physical abuse to be a safer place than the home in which she discovered that Jesus was the way, the truth and the life.
The council chose this particular carer, who said she was 'very happy to support the girl in her religion and culture’. She said: “We had a multi-cultural household and I had no problems helping the young person maintain her faith of birth. I have always prided myself in being very professional in what I do. If something works for a young person, whether I agree with it or not, I am happy to support them in that.”
What a remarkable example of Christian tolerance and agape love this woman is. But this is not acceptable. A multi-cultural household can be no place for conversions, especially to Christianity.
The foster mother has also had a second young girl removed from her care, presumably to protect her from the potential abuse of ever hearing about Jesus, or of witnessing the sacrificial works of a loving mother. The Christian Institute observes that an atheist foster mother would not be struck off if a Christian child in her care stopped believing in God.
But Cranmer would go further. No Muslim (or Sikh or Hindu) foster carer would be struck off if a ‘Christian child’ in their care became sufficiently interested in these faiths to convert.
A spokesman for the Christian Institute said: “This is the sort of double standard which Christians are facing in modern Britain. In recent months, we have seen grandparents, a nurse, adoption agencies, firemen, registrars, elderly care homes and now a foster carer being punished because of the Christian beliefs they hold. It has got to stop.”
Sadly, it will not. This is ‘Blair’s Britain’ – his anti-Christian legacy is inescapable. And now that he appears to be destined to become the first President of Europe, one can expect the EU to increasingly manifest an intolerant secularism which has no place for the followers of Jesus. Christians who dare to ‘do God’ need to watch and pray.