Barnardo would be turning in his grave

Being labelled by your own organisation as a ‘zealot’ is incredible. And as stated in an earlier blog, while a compassionate and caring society always comes to the aid of motherless and fatherless families, a wise and loving society never intentionally creates fatherless or motherless families.

“Nature dictates that a man and a woman are required for procreation and this limitation should be acknowledged and respected because it discloses something of the purposes and providence of nature: that a child’s best interests are served by it having a mother and father” Children on Demand by Tom Frame

Barnardo’s CEO: opposition to gay adoption is ‘absurd’
Daily Mail (UK) / Christian Institute 1 Feb 2011

“Absurd and unsubstantiated” is how the new Chief Executive of Barnardo’s has described any resistance to homosexual adoption. Miss Anne Marie Carrie has hit out at those who say children do best when raised by a man and a woman. And she believes such views are actually harmful to the welfare of children and must be “challenged.” Miss Carrie’s comments come in the wake of a survey conducted by Barnardo’s, in which nearly a third of the public said they believed heterosexual couples made better parents than same-sex couples. The charity chief responded, “The idea that gay parents are second best must be challenged. “To suggest that a same sex couple is not as able to raise a child as a heterosexual couple is at once absurd and unsubstantiated”, she added.

The first Barnardo’s Home was set up in 1870 by Thomas Barnardo (pictured left), an evangelical Christian, who alleviated the poverty of thousands of children on London’s streets. By the time of his death in 1905, he had housed, clothed, trained and guided over 60,000 of London’s poorest orphans. But over the years, Barnardo’s has distanced itself from its Christian origins. In 2004, the charity came first in the British Diversity Awards and, reflecting on this in 2007, former CEO Sir Roger Singleton said he was proud of changing Barnardo’s religious culture to a more modern, secular one. “Barnardo’s was founded by a zealous Christian evangelical”, he said. “We had to reconcile the fact that we had our roots in a certain fervent brand of Christianity, with the wish to be a good employer.


2 comments for “Barnardo would be turning in his grave

  1. BJ
    8 February 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Like the YWCA & YMCA an organisation that sells its soul eventually losers all its integrity.
    Locally, it will put yet another nail in the coffin of their public appeal following their anti smacking band wagon
    Yet another reason to turn down their annual telephone begging appeals.

    No doubt this will further fuel the demand for
     hiring Professional Fund Raisers as the Public give less and less
     provide more work for their local PR Spin Doctor.

    All of which serves only to deflect funds away from those who really need it. The children

    They will just have to go cap in hand to John Key, After all he to has no problem with Gay Adoption


  2. Bernard Bone
    3 March 2011 at 12:52 am

    My wife and I know good, well meaning people who have and still do work for Family Planning in NZ. We believe that like many people in NZ, once you lose the basic moral philosphy of those who founded, with the very best of intentions, our Welfare State, it is very difficult to maintain a solid family-orientated philosphy. We would regard Barnados present anti-family philosphy as a true indication of where the organisation now stands.
    A parallel can been seen in Amnesty International. Originally founded by a strong Christian, this organisation has been so infiltrated by administrative staff who hold extremely liberal views on abortion that the founder has abdicated his support of the organisation.


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