Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hate Group Leader Lies About Proposed Adoption Rule

Tony Perkins
Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins
via Family Research Council
Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council is a member of the self-righteous set. In spite of his sanctimony, Perkins has no problem promoting BS:
It’s hard enough to get the truth out on a level playing field — but in today’s news, it’s downright impossible. The Left has disinformation down to a science, especially when it comes to LGBT issues. That’s dangerous in any situation — but on the president’s new adoption rule, it could mean the difference between a child finding a home and growing up without any love at all.

Last Friday should have been a good day for everyone — a good day for children, a good day for adopted parents, and a good day for religious freedom in America. Instead, the liberal media took the administration’s decision to open up the adoption process to anyone and turned it into another moment of fake martyrdom for the Left.
That is categorically false. In places where Catholic adoption services have ceased to operate such as Massachusetts and, more recently, Philadelphia, other agencies have filled the gap. The number of adoptive and foster parents remains the same. They just go elsewhere. Religious freedom™ for Tony Perkins means a permission slip for bigotry. It has absolutely nothing to do with Free Exercise of religion in accordance with the First Amendment.
Let the bullshit flow!
As usual, the problem goes back to Barack Obama and his pattern of strong-arming Christians into surrendering their beliefs. In more and more states and big cities, liberals were following that lead in the adoption debate, ordering faith-based agencies to place kids with same-sex couples or shut down. Enter the Trump administration, who saw the damage this was doing to the country — and children in particular. …
Discriminating against otherwise qualified adoptive and foster parents has the effect of reducing the pool. There is nothing about that that is good for “children in particular.” Mr. Perkins also seems to conveniently forget that these agencies are doing the work of the state with taxpayer dollars.

Every bit of research published to a respected, peer-reviewed academic journal confirms that children raised by gay couples are as healthy, happy and secure as those raised by heterosexual couples.

Mr. Perkins has a friend:
Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) could only shake his head. [over the reaction from the LGBTQ community and supporters] … All we’ve ever asked, he explained, is that when it comes to faith-based communities — the ones who’ve been the most involved in adoption and foster care throughout history — that they aren’t excluded.
Nondiscrimination laws do not exclude these agencies. Their policies exclude them. Furthermore, they are not placing children with the best available parents. Should a couple of high school dropouts having low wage jobs be preferenced over a gay couple of college postgraduates who have jobs as a teacher and business executive? My example is hyperbolic but it could be a realistic comparison.

Kelly went on to state:
“This is about children, and this is about putting children with loving families… And we — the faith-based community — were getting excluded.”
Those two sentences are contradictory. Is this about the kids or providing revenues to discriminatory agencies? And by the way, there are faith-based agencies that have no problem placing children with gay couples. Rep. Kelly and Mr. Perkins would have people believe that their concept of Christianity is universal and that is simply untrue.

Government figures reveal that 437,283 children were in foster care as of 2018. The intent of foster care is to ultimately reunite children with their parents. However, more than 125,000 of the kids in foster care were waiting to be adopted. The mean age of kids in foster care is 8.3 years. The problem is not an insufficiency of adoption agencies. The problem is an insufficiency of adoptive parents willing to adopt pre-teens and teenagers.

Making it more difficult for gay couples to adopt only exacerbates the problem. Ultimately this is more about Christian privilege than finding adoptive and foster homes for children.

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