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UK Supreme Court Rules against Government-Appointed Guardians, Christians Rejoice

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Jul 28
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A program in Scotland to appoint a guardian for every child has been ruled “unlawful” by the UK’s highest court.


According to, the program, known as the Named Person campaign, would have appointed a guardian, typically a teacher or health advisor, to every child in Scotland. The guardian would have the power to access children’s records and would allegedly exist to provide “advice” to parents.


Judges in the case ruled that, though the aim of the program was “unquestionably legitimate and benign,” it ultimately would take away too much authority from parents and place that authority in the government’s hands.


"The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get at the children, to distance them from the subversive, varied influences of their families, and indoctrinate them in their rulers' view of the world. Within limits, families must be left to bring up their children in their own way,” stated the ruling.


Many Christians applauded the ruling. 


A Christian coalition, led by The Christian Institute, formed the No to Named Persons (NO2NP) campaign and lobbied the court to deny the program.


Colin Hart, the director of The Christian Institute, said the ruling will “come as a great relief to millions of people.”


"The ruling protects families all across the UK from unwarranted invasion of their privacy by the state. We urge local and national government agencies to read the ruling carefully and amend their policies and practices to ensure they properly respect the privacy and autonomy of innocent families,” he continued.



Publication date: July 28, 2016