It’s sobering for a journalist to read headline-grabbing news stories and then go back to their source. This week various papers reported that there is “no place in the law for Christianity”, their way of giving an account of a high court case before Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson regarding a couple who wanted to foster children but were apparently rejected on account of their Christian beliefs.

Newspapers, particularly the Daily Telegraph, went to town on the story, saying that Owen and Eunice Johns, who had previously fostered dozens of children, were now being rejected by Derby city council because of their views regarding homosexuality. The Pentecostalist couple, were, it was reported, unwilling to tell children that homosexuality was a good thing. The thrust of the reporting was that Christianity was under attack.

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