Thursday, September 13, 2018

AFA: Expecting adoption agencies not to discriminate with taxpayer money is "intimidation"

American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group has again weighed in on discriminatory adoption agencies on their blog. Their quest is for Christian Privilege.
Faith-based adoption and foster child placement services in the U.S. are looking to the federal government to protect them from being forced to violate their faith.
Adoption agencies are contracted to do the work of the state with taxpayer funds. They are required to obey state and local laws regarding nondiscrimination. If they do not want to place children with LGBT couples no one is forcing them to be state-subsidized adoption agencies.

The views of Christian adoption agencies regarding Jews are dissimilar but lead to the same place. They do not approve of Jews because we have not accepted Jesus Christ as our savior and are thus destined to hell. Suppose they refused to place children with Jewish couples? Would we stand for that? For a minute? They might very well have an anti-Semitic bias but they are not going to publicly fight for the right to discriminate. Doing so would create an embarrassment.

Unfortunately in some quarters it is still socially acceptable to discriminate against LGBT people. Conservative Christians find a reason to do so at every opportunity.

The blog post continues:
More than 100,000 children are waiting for "forever parents" – and faith-based organizations have done an excellent job of placing them for decades. But now the ACLU and other left-wing operations are legally challenging those organizations, such as in Michigan and Texas; and some states have forced them to close by enacting and enforcing "anti-discrimination" laws. That's happened in Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Illinois, and New York, as well as in Philadelphia.
That's a large number of kids. Common sense suggests to most rational people that the more available families there are, the easier it will be to find homes for these children.
Chelsen Vicari with The Institute on Religion & Democracy says that's happening because faith-based agencies won't place children with homosexual couples.

"I would say whatever your opinions on sexual morality and marriage, every citizen should be concerned when they see that the government is starting to force or intimidate faith-based organizations until they're violating their conscience or closing their doors permanently," she tells OneNewsNow.
Oh, so now this is a libertarian issue rather than one steeped in religion. No one is forcing any organization to do anything. If they choose to contract with the state then they have to obey local and state law. It's not that complicated.

Religious freedom™ always seems to mean the freedom to discriminate against LGBT people:
"They're not only just a child welfare issue, which makes it incredibly important; it's [also] a religious freedom issue," says Vicari, "because the government is actually discriminating against child welfare service providers that are established in their religious beliefs and moral convictions."
Always the victim. According to that paragraph they are being persecuted and discriminated against. Self-righteous is self-centered. They do not approve of gay couples. They do not approve of married gay couples. Their disapproval is based on irrational religious dogma which is precisely why we have nondiscrimination laws in the first place. They can be private adoption agencies but they should not be permitted to have special rights with tax dollars.

Most of these agencies are nonprofits. They do not pay taxes. The families who adopt or foster children do pay the taxes that support these agencies. Some of those taxes come from LGBT people. We should not be forced to subsidize our own marginalization.
The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 (H.R.1881), introduced in Congress in April 2017, would prohibit discrimination against faith-based adoption and foster child placement services – but there's been no movement on the legislation, leaving it to the states to act to protect those groups' religious freedoms.
Even the asylum known as the House of Representatives realizes how absurd this is. After November I expect all of the noise to be futile. That is, if we all do what we are supposed to do and vote. And don't get me started with the Log Cabin imbeciles who vote against their own wellbeing.

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