I do not want to comment on the case of Lydia Playfoot, who lost her court case claiming the right to wear a Christian chastity ring at school. See here, here and here for some Christian reaction; see also Lydia’s own blog.
I do want to comment on the entirely disgraceful campaign which has been waged against Lydia and her family in the aftermath of this case. They have been accused of dishonesty and of being in this for the money. Even the supposedly respectable think tank Ekklesia implies that important facts were not revealed.
UPDATE: Doug has withdrawn his accusation of dishonesty, in response to my comment on his post.
Let’s see some of the truth behind this.
The Ekklesia claim “It was later revealed” is untrue if taken to mean that something has been revealed which was not known at the time of the court case, or that there was any dishonesty involved, for it was publicly known before the case came to court that “the girl’s parents had been directly involved in the UK branch of Silver Ring Thing.” It was clearly stated in a BBC article from 22nd June that:
Mr Playfoot and his wife Heather are part of the volunteer team which runs the UK branch of the Silver Ring Thing from their church in Horsham.
So where is the dishonesty except in the Ekklesia report, or in Doug’s interpretation of it?
This SRT page also says:
Silver Ring Thing (UK) is a not-for-profit company. All profits from the company are put right back to deliver more programmes and reach more teenagers in as many ways as possible.
We are all volunteers so no one receives a salary from the Silver Ring Thing.
This agrees with what the BBC wrote on 22nd June, that Mr & Mrs Playfoot “are part of the volunteer team”. There is nothing to support the allegations of a financial interest.
The only dishonesty here is from those who continue to spread libellous allegations about the Playfoot family.
I have no links with SRT and know nothing more about this issue than I have seen in the media and on the Internet.