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Anti-gay adoption magistrate’s sacking is ‘deeply shocking’

Anti-gay adoption magistrate’s sacking is ‘deeply shocking’

The Christian Legal Centre’s Chief Executive, Andrea Minichiello Williams, inset, has described the sacking of Christian magistrate Richard Page, above, as ‘modern day madness’.

Her intervention, according to Christian Concern, came after Page, 69, had been removed from office by the Lord Chancellor after sharing his personal conviction in a media interview that there is not enough evidence to show that placing children in the care of same-sex couples is in their best interest.

He insists that same-sex adoption is not “what God or nature intended.”

Said Williams:

The Lord Chancellor has removed Richard from the magistracy for allegedly being ‘prejudiced’ and for speaking out in the media about what has happened to him.

This unmasks the face of the new political orthodoxy; it is unkind. It tries to silence opposing views and if it fails it crushes and punishes the person who holds those views.

To remove someone like Richard from the bench is modern day madness. He has a lifetime of public service, expertise in mental health. He is motivated by his Christian faith and a deep compassion for people.

The media interview took place on 12 March 2015 with BBC news reporter Caroline Wyatt. In the interview the Kent magistrate said:

My responsibility as a magistrate, as I saw it, was to do what I considered best for the child, and my feeling was therefore that it would be better if it was a man and woman who were the adopted parents.

Page was first challenged by his seniors in late 2014 when, after hearing an adoption case, he could not agree with his fellow magistrates that placing a child into the care of a same-sex couple was ‘in the child’s best interest’.

He was subsequently reported for his actions, reprimanded, and

Forced to attend re-education training, which he duly did.

Page’s media comments were again brought to the attention of his seniors and an investigation was carried out by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office’s disciplinary panel. They recommended to the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor that he should be removed from office.

Page believes the political move by the government to place children with same-sex couples lacks any solid, reliable psychological or educational research concerning the effects on children.

Commenting on his sacking, Page, aged 69, who has worked in the field of mental health for 20 years, said:

As a magistrate, I have to act on the evidence before me and quite simply, I believe that there is not sufficient evidence to convince me that placing a child in the care of a same-sex couple can be as holistically beneficial to a child as placing them with a mum and dad as God and nature intended.

I am surprised that the Lord Chancellor should seemingly pander to the new political orthodoxy when what it amounts to is social experimentation on the lives of the most vulnerable children in our communities.

To punish me and to seek to silence me for expressing a dissenting view is deeply shocking. I shall challenge this decision as it is illiberal and intolerant. It is vital the family law courts always have in mind the best interests of the children.

I cannot believe that the establishment is trying to silence someone like me who has served it wholeheartedly all of my working life.

Page is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre and its Standing Counsel, human rights barrister Paul Diamond.

Hat tip: PPS

14 responses to “Anti-gay adoption magistrate’s sacking is ‘deeply shocking’”

  1. Mike80 says:

    Imagine a magistrate saying something similar about placing adopted children in Christian families, because serious Christians tend to foster discriminatory views.
    Such a statement would be blasted by the media, and the magistrate would surely be sacked. I see no reason why this should be any different.
    And at least there’d be some validity to the hypothetical Christian family scenario. Conservative Christians do harbor a lot of hate and extreme views on issues such as sexual orientation. They’re also likely to mislead children into believing in primitive tales like the Genesis myth, for how life came to be, and how the universe formed.

  2. Bertie says:

    “He is motivated by his Christian faith and a deep compassion for people”
    That tells you all you need to know. And that he thinks only heterosexuals are people?

    ‘This unmasks the face of the new political orthodoxy; it is unkind. It tries to silence opposing views and if it fails it crushes and punishes the person who holds those views”.
    Just like christians did in this country when they were powerful enough to make it illegal not to be a christian. Punishments was atrocious in their cruelty – lynching, garrotting, immolation,roasting, drowning chained to a stake in tidal waters, insides ripped out, rotting in an oubliette (there is one in Warwick Castle)…. and so on. And they made a public spectacle of such thing to terrify everyone into submission.

    In fact christians were sort of like Daesh today.

    Well the apallingly strident Andrea Minichiello Williams can scream shout and bitch as much as she likes … in fact the more she does so the happier I am because that means the right people are doing the right things.

  3. L.Long says:

    Even worse what if a muslin said….Xtian can’t adapt because the teach a destructive religion and do not pray to allah!!! The muslin would not only fired but possibly shot…Sorry this is England, no gun just beat the crap out of him.

  4. Broga says:

    Scary to think how many MPs are “motivated by their Christian faith”.

  5. Angela_K says:

    I was discussing this case on Friday with a close friend who is a Magistrate and a Lesbian., she agrees this bigot is entitled to views but should keep them to himself when making any decisions from the bench. One of the most important things Magistrates have drummed in to them during selection and training is that decisions they make must be impartial, if they can’t treat all people who come before them equally, they are unsuitable to judge.

  6. John says:

    Page and bulging eyeballs Williams must grasp they are in breach of the law.
    Why do they expect their unlawful opinions to dictate public policy?
    Enough of these stupid criminals – away with both of them!

  7. 1859 says:

    I agree with with Angela-K, this magistrate clearly does not fully understand the concept of making ‘impartial decisions’. His caveat ‘that god and nature intended’ allows all sorts of bias to covertly influence his decisions. He obviously believes that there is plenty of evidence the ‘Mum and Dad’ scenario works best for children – does this evidence include all the broken marriages, the abusive, bullying fathers, the dysfunctional families in which every member has an ASBO? The only question he needs to answer is – ‘Will this child go into a loving and genuinely caring environment?’ And the answer to this question has absolutely nothing to do with the gender of those offering that love and caring.

  8. Vanity Unfair says:

    Said Williams…”He has a lifetime of public service, expertise in mental health.”
    “Commenting on his sacking, Page, aged 69, who has worked in the field of mental health for 20 years…”

    I took this to mean that he was a psychiatrist, psychologist, RMN or some such and so qualified to give a professional opinion in these matters. However, the Kent and Medway NHS Trust, on whose board he sits, says: http://www.kmpt.nhs.uk/about-us/board-members.htm

    “Richard was appointed to the Board in June 2012 and is an experienced Finance Director who has over 35 years of working at Board level, with the last 20 years being spent in the NHS. In addition, Richard is the treasurer of two small local charities and a Non-Executive Director of The Malaria Consortium. Richard has been a Magistrate in central Kent (Maidstone Bench) for over 10 years and sits as a chair of both the adult and youth courts. Richard is Deputy Chair of the Integrated Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee.”

    His Linkedin profile gives his other and previous appointments as:

    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/richard-page-57097936
    Malaria Consortium, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Clovis Industrial Group Ltd., Ozonair Engineering Ltd., Nanyuki Textiles Mills Ltd. and Kafue Textile Mills of Zambia Ltd.
    His education was at the University of Nottingham where he studied Industrial Economics, Economics, Contract Law, Statistics, Accountancy, 1957 – 1963.

    This does not support the claim. His career has been as an accountant and financial adviser.

    The Ministry of Justice’s letter is at http://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/JCIO-press-statement-removal-Mr-Richard-Page-JP.pdf. It gives the ground for removal as, “he had allowed himself to be influenced by his religious beliefs and not by the evidence.” This seems fair enough.

    Incidentally, Mr. Richard Page must not be confused with Reverend Richard Page who has had an altogether more colourful recent career. See:

    http://www.tol.org/client/article/16428-giovanni-di-stefano-and-radio-penguin-silence-of-the-penguins.html
    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/THE+BAG+MAN%3B+Di+Stefano's+pal+took+pounds+18,000+in+a+plastic+sack…-a0112303127
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/dundee/3144342.stm

    Although I say, “must not,” that is exactly what Lord Maginnis of Drumglass (Ind UU) did in the House of Lords on 16th. July, 2015 in a debate on Freedom of Religion and Belief moved by Lord Alton of Liverpool. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/150716-0003.htm at column 789. I cannot find a clarification.

  9. Club Secretary says:

    @Vanity Unfair says:
    Sun 13 Mar at 11:41 pm

    He must have been a child prodigy if he went to University of Nottingham in 1957, he would have been 10.

  10. Bertie says:

    And here you can see how the pious treat children …
    https://youtu.be/WVxzk9SAJqs
    And why do the parents put up with this shitehawk hitting their kids?

  11. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Club Secretary:
    Indeed: however, since I could not find the source of the error I decided to report just what is on record. Perhaps someone with Linkedin &c. access could check further. I don’t like to leave a personal trail over the Internet myself. Six years seems a long time for a BA course too but I can think of a few good reasons for that. A mistake is still a more likely explanation.

    Facebook has “Class of 1966” for University of Nottingham and that is possible for graduation. https://www.facebook.com/richard.page.9480
    Companies House has his date of birth as “March 1946” making him twenty at the time. https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/q6iyskIh12oQUu4Q0PaqLE29mV0/appointments

    I’d like one of those Hollywood computers where you press three keys and the answer just pops up.

  12. John says:

    Some years ago, a friend of mine completed an Open University (OU) part-time degree course, which took 6 years to complete fully.

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