Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Anti-gay publication can't spin away discrimination

Read the following article from the American Family Association's One News Now about the effort to subsidize anti-gay discrimination with tax dollars in when it comes to adoption and foster care:

Under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, states will pay a price if they violate the religious beliefs of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act is a bill to protect the agencies from being forced to violate their religious beliefs to contract with the government to help children. Leanna Baumer with the Family Research Council says policies in states such as California and Illinois have worked to "squeeze out faith-based providers by refusing to respect their religious and moral convictions." One example is being told to place children with homosexuals, in violation of their faith, or lose government funding. "And so it tells states that if you want to continue receiving federal funding, they need to not discriminate," Baumer says of the Senate bill. "If they ignore that prohibition," she says, "they'll risk losing a percentage of their federal funding, and faith-based providers who are aggrieved will be able to sue that state in federal court." The hope is that Congress will provide bipartisan support for the bill so that political correctness does not trump the welfare of children who need the services. 

The point is how these things are all about "spin" or phrasing. Notice the article omits that some faith-based agencies, such as the Catholic Charities in Illinois voluntarily ended their adoption programs rather than comply with the state's civil union laws.

No one is implicitly told to put children in gay homes. The point is that there is no basis for adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate while using tax dollars. The recent Hobby Lobby decision has opened up a hornet's nest when it comes to "religious liberty," but I think in this case, there will be little ado.

Until these folks can justify discrimination with tax dollars, I don't think their appeal is going to convince people.

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