Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Anti-LGBTQ groups step up effort to steal gay tax dollars via sleazily deceptive website

Via a webpage pushing a deceptive campaign, anti-LGBTQ and conservative groups seem to be stepping up efforts to undermine gay adoption and gay families.

Groups such as the Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and a few others have been steadily making the case that faith-based foster care and adoption agencies which refuse to work with gay couples should still receive tax dollars. A few states, such Oklahoma and Kansas, have passed legislation saying so. Other municipalities, such as Philadelphia, however have made it clear that tax dollars shouldn't go to entities which discriminate for any reason. And Philadelphia won in court on that premise.

Apparently there is now a website sponsored by the aforementioned groups which makes the case for tax dollars going to discriminatory agencies. The website (keepkidsfirst.com  and the hashtag #keepkidsfirst ) claims that children will suffer greatly if faith-based adoption and foster care agencies are made to follow the rules:

Hundreds of adoption agencies and foster care providers across the country are founded on Christian beliefs and operate according to those beliefs. But a current effort is underway to target these faith-based providers and force them to abandon their beliefs or shut them down. Why? Because these faith-based adoption and foster care providers believe that every child deserves the chance to be raised by a father and mother.

 Organizations like the ACLU are trying to force these providers to go against their beliefs and place kids in homes with couples who are in a same-sex relationship. But eliminating faith-based adoption and foster care providers means that fewer children will find a forever home. 

That’s why Keep Kids First exists. We know that faith-based adoption and foster care providers exist to help children, and the First Amendment allows these providers to operate according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment. As a coalition of various organizations, Keep Kids First is passionate about standing with faith-based adoption and foster care providers and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to be adopted into a forever home. After all, the only reason to ever shut down an adoption or foster care provider is when every child has found a loving home. 

The website is built on the continued dishonest premise that some people, particularly the LGBTQ community, are attempting to shut down faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. In reality, the central argument is simple - if these agencies want to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, they shouldn't be allowed to do so while receiving LGBTQ tax dollars.

By keeping the plight of children needing adoption in the forefront, the sponsors of the website hope to draw attention away from its darker aspects - undermining gay adoption and the dignity of gay taxpayers. And they are attempting to force an unfair choice on the LGBTQ community - do we choose our dignity as taxpayers over children or children over our dignity as taxpayers?
It's an unfair choice. In fact, it shouldn't even be a choice put upon the heads of the LGBTQ community.  It has been proven time and time again that same-sex households are wonderful places to raise children and we make great parents.  If religious foster care and adoption agencies choose to ignore this, that is their right. I personally think what they are doing wrong because for all of their bluster about providing children with good homes, they are deliberately ignoring good homes. And the LGBTQ community shouldn't be forced to surrender our hard earned tax dollars to promote their prejudices.

Furthermore, I find it extremely sleazy that groups like the Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, and the Alliance Defending Freedom are again exploiting children as shields to make their homophobia seem more palpable. When one takes into account their extensive history of pushing anti-LGBTQ laws, promoting anti-LGBTQ prejudices, and generally making life hell for the LGBTQ community, their so-called concern about children is merely a smokescreen for more of their bigotry.

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