|Family Research Council giddy over SD's attack on same-sex families like this one.|
As to be expected, the hate group Family Research Council is crowing about the decision by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to sign into law a bill which would allow foster care and adoption agencies to discriminate against gays on the basis of "religious liberty" without any penalties, such as losing possible government funds
And as I expected, FRC's crowing was a deceptive statement which attempts to obscure the central problem of this new law. Although I didn't think the organization's attempt would be so poor
Below is the statement in its entirety via FRC's daily Washington Update:
Here's something both sides should agree on: the importance of adoption. But these days, even finding loving homes for kids is an explosive topic in the bigger clash over religious liberty. At least in South Dakota, children won't be pawns in the Left's push to legitimize same-sex parents. Late Friday, Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) signed a bill into law that protects the beliefs of faith-based adoption agencies and foster care providers. As the South Dakota Family Policy Council explains, "The law would ensure that the State of South Dakota may not coerce them to abandon their sincerely-held religious beliefs or moral convictions in their placement decisions and the ongoing need for placement of children in safe nurturing homes will be served. These faith-based adoption agencies do not currently receive any state funds for child placement services, but without this protection, they are faced with a possible decision of closing their doors or failing their mission. While this has already occurred in other states, it should never happen here in South Dakota."
Unfortunately, those "other states" -- places like Massachusetts and Indiana -- forced groups like Catholic Charities to make a choice: either place children with same-sex parents or lose their government contracts. In a huge blow to the kids of those states, the group made the sad decision to close their doors rather than compromise their beliefs. Governor Daugaard, who was the former director of Children's Home Society, knows how catastrophic that could be to South Dakota. "Whether it's the state acting directly or through an agency, we need to do everything we can to encourage those agencies to stay in this business and help us find those placements," he told the press. "I'm worried that a child placement agency may make what is in the best interest of the child a correct decision but be subject to a lawsuit by someone who has a little bit of a leg up by virtue of being in a protective class. And if we can forestall that with this legislation, then I'm willing to do that."
In most cases, these faith-based agencies don't even receive state funds -- but that doesn't mean they couldn't become a target. In too many places, Christian groups are being driven out of the adoption business, leaving children and prospective parents with even fewer options for building families. Adoption is not--and should never be -- about adults. This is about giving children the best chance to succeed in life. If LGBT activists truly cared about kids, they'd stop using them as leverage to force society -- through the government -- to embrace their lifestyle. A lifestyle, social science tells us, that poses serious risks to children. Hats off to South Dakota for going to bat for the freedom of belief.
So many lies. First of all, let's take care of one thing. There is nothing which says that being an lgbt or being in a same-sex household poses a risk to a child. In fact, when it comes to same sex households, much of the social science says the opposite, i.e. that children in are not harmed by being in a same-sex household or raised by gay parents.
Now let's look at this statement by FRC:
As the South Dakota Family Policy Council explains, "The law would ensure that the State of South Dakota may not coerce them to abandon their sincerely-held religious beliefs or moral convictions in their placement decisions and the ongoing need for placement of children in safe nurturing homes will be served. These faith-based adoption agencies do not currently receive any state funds for child placement services, but without this protection, they are faced with a possible decision of closing their doors or failing their mission.
I don't know if this statement is true or not, but it doesn't matter. The statement is irrelevant. Because the law has been signed, foster care and adoption agencies can now discriminate against gays without the possibility of losing state funds or government contracts, both which are paid for in part with lgbt tax dollars.
Also, FRC conveniently omitted that the new law discriminates against other groups besides gays.
According to The Slate:
. . .its Senate sponsor, Republican Sen. Alan Solano, co-wrote the bill with Catholic Social Services, a vigorously anti-gay religious adoption agency that will not place children with same-sex couples. But the measure actually extends far beyond LGBTQ discrimination: It will also allow agencies to discriminate against single and divorced people, couples who engage in premarital sex, interfaith couples, and anyone else whose behavior or identity violates an agency’s “religious belief or moral conviction.”
Aside from the fact that this law treats lgbt taxpayers and others like second class citizens, the following comment by FRC sticks deeply in my gut:
At least in South Dakota, children won't be pawns in the Left's push to legitimize same-sex parents.
Such a nakedly verbal display of wanton homophobia burns my heart, but it is also a good thing. FRC chose to abandon its cloak of false victimhood and instead decided to show its true face. You see this is what it's all about. This new law in South Dakota and the overall bastardization of the "religious liberty" concept was never about protecting anyone's faith. It's about what this so-called cultural war has always been about, at least coming from the side of FRC and all other anti-lgbt groups and personalities.
It's about demonizing and delegitimizing everything about the lgbt community - our lives, our loves, our happiness, our pains. Even our families.