Suspended and sent for ‘equality training’ – Christian magistrate who said: ‘Adopted child needs mum and dad – not “gay” parents’
Richard Page made the comment while speaking in private with colleagues
The magistrate was reported to watchdogs and has been disciplined
He said he thought it was better for a child to be part of a traditional family
The 68-year-old has been found guilty of ‘serious misconduct’ over claim
He has been suspended and told he must attend a racial equality course
Mr Page said he felt ‘tremendous pressure’ not to express his beliefs
By MARTIN BECKFORD and JONATHAN PETRE
18 January 2015
A Christian magistrate has been disciplined by a Tory Cabinet Minister for expressing the belief that children should be raised by both a mother and a father.
Richard Page told colleagues behind closed doors during an adoption case that he thought it would be better for a child to be brought up in a traditional family rather than by a homosexual couple.
He was shocked a week later when he found he had been reported to the judges’ watchdog for alleged prejudice, and was suspended from sitting on family court cases.
Mr Page, an experienced NHS manager, has now been found guilty of serious misconduct by Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling – who previously spoke in support of a Christian couple who turned away a homosexual couple from their B&B.
He has also been ordered to go on an equality course before he is allowed back in the courtroom.
The married 68-year-old was told he had broken the oath sworn by all Justices of the Peace (JPs) as well as Labour’s controversial Equality Act, by being guided by his religious views and discriminating against the same-sex adoptive parents.
Last night, critics said the case was another example of how people who hold traditional Christian views feel they have no freedom of speech and find it difficult to hold public office in modern Britain.
Mr Page told The Mail on Sunday: ‘There is tremendous pressure to keep quiet and go along with what is seen to be politically “correct”.
‘Everyone else seems to be allowed to stand up for their beliefs except for Christians.’ Mr Page was called on to consider an adoption order at a family court last July.
As a lay judge he is not required to be legally qualified and is meant to ‘bring a broad experience of life to the bench’ in making decisions. Because of the controversial secretive nature of such hearings, The Mail on Sunday cannot publish details of the case.
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The victimization of Richard Page by the Lord Chancellor is an indication of the degree to which judicial independence, freedom of conscience and free speech have been undermined by ‘equality and diversity’ bigots in high places within the over-mighty executive branch of government.
And on closer inspection, these bigoted extremists often turn out to be members of one or more of the very groups their ideology of political ‘correctness’ demands should be privileged at the expense of the heterosexual ethnic majority: first, second or third generation immigrants not of British ancestry, homosexuals male or female, etc. The Long March through the corridors of power must surely be coming to an end soon.
How convenient for them to be able to impose upon the majority policies designed to favour at our expense a minority of which they are part. And how little the self-seeking of these mercenary commissars has to do with justice!
This persecution is reminiscent of the treatment of dissidents under the former communist regimes of Russia and Eastern Europe, even down to the referral of victims for political re-education. The Lord Chancellor is sometimes known as the Keeper of the Queen’s Conscience. The Queen should demand it back because it is being badly abused.
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