Monday, April 8, 2019

State-paid discrimination

“More important than the discrimination is the fact that this does a disservice to children by reducing the number of able adoptive and foster parents.”
Welcome to Tennessee
The Tennessee House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would allow state-contracted and taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples in accordance with their religious beliefs. Not surprisingly (after all, it is Tennessee) the bill passed by a wide margin — 67-22.

Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro is the sponsor of House Bill 836. One day his relatives will be embarrassed by Rudd's bigotry. Rudd claimed that the bill just “codifies what the Supreme Court has said.” I have no idea what case he is referring to. Neither does he I suspect.

According to his profile, Rudd at 59 is a direct mail consultant and real estate agent. He is also single. But he is a Baptist.

Another supporter of the measure, Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, had the balls to claim that this license to discriminate is about religious tolerance. As if they are being forced to enter into such contracts with the state. Faison has the distinction of having attended two Christian colleges that have gone out of business.

More important than the discrimination is the fact that this does a disservice to children by reducing the number of able adoptive and foster parents.

It's not just gays. The way that I read the bill it would allow these Christian organizations to discriminate against Jews, Muslims and all other faiths and they could do that with taxpayer dollars. All they have to do is to create a written policy such as “whenever possible we will place children with observant Christian families.” It is perfectly legal in Tennessee if the state's senate agrees and the governor signs it into law.

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