May 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm #3646Rana GoodmanKeymaster
Many days I must just shake my head and say to myself, “self, help me make sense of this America we live in” …….
You can pick up the newspapers or a magazine any day and read about famous people who adopt children from all over the world, and you might wonder, why in heaven’s name don’t they adopt some of the thousands of children in foster care in this country who need loving homes?
Every day it seems like we read in the newspapers about a little defenseless child being beaten or murdered by it’s parent, or someone close to the parent. Protective Services had been called out many times, but they never saw cause to remove the child, and now, the Lord has permanently removed the child for them. These stories rip at my heart and if you care about children, I’m sure they rip at yours too.
If that statement is true, help me make sense of this news item; in today’s Review Journal, a story from Austin, Texas reports about a bill, by Republican sponsors before their legislature that would allow private or state funded adoption agencies to reject applications for religious objections. This would permit refusal at will of Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, inter-racial or interfaith couples. The sponsors say the bill is “designed to support the religious freedom of adoption agencies and foster care providers. Many of whom are private and faith based but receive state funds.”
Catherine Oakley, Senior legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign says “this goes against the best interest of the child and blatantly violates the constitution. As a government entity, Texas is bound to treat all people equally under the law,” said Oakley.
In direct contradiction to his bill, State Rep. James Frank, author of the bill stated, “it is designed to address the state’s foster care crisis by making reasonable accommodations so everyone can participate in the system”. How do you accommodate everyone by cutting out the Jewish parents, the Muslim, Gay, inter-racial, interfaith, and single?
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