Monday, April 30, 2018

Christian privilege: Kansas' pending license-to-discriminate with taxpayer dollars

Westboro Baptist Church
Does Kansas share the values of Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church?
Under consideration by the Kansas legislature is HB2481. Were this measure to become law it would permit agencies providing adoption and foster care services to the state to discriminate against LGBT citizens. It would constitute an appalling recognition of the establishment of religion. It would also send the message that religion excuses bigotry.

Organizations providing adoption and foster care services are agents of the government doing the work of the government at taxpayers' expense. If an agency cannot do this work without discriminating then they should not do it at all. Discriminating in this manner is as bigoted and unprincipled as turning away Jewish couples because of a difference of religious belief.

TechNet, a bipartisan network of over 80 tech companies including Apple and Google, has warned the legislature that this action could have serious economic repercussions.

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