Intimidation of faith-based agencies just hurts the children

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

International adoption symbolFaith-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.

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.

Chelsen Vicari with The Institute on Religion & Democracy says that's happening because faith-based agencies won't place children with homosexual couples.

Vicari

"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.

Vicari points out that children are the ones who typically "pay the price" when that happens.

"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."

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.


Editor's note: Image above depicts the international adoption symbol.

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