There is no doubt that our nation’s children are in crisis.
There are close to half a million children in the foster care system currently, with a crippling 100,000 currently waiting to be adopted.
Of the many agencies dedicated to placing these children in loving, stable homes, agencies who decline to place children in homes with same-sex adoptive parents have found themselves under frequent attack from the left, who consider the rights of the prospective parents to be more important than the conscience of the adoption agents who know what it takes to make a stable home.
Whether or not you agree that same-sex couples are not the best potential parents for children in need of a home, these agencies have a First Amendment right to be guided by their conscience when it comes to the best way to serve children in need.
So it was a victory for people of faith across the nation when the GOP recently passed a Labor and HHS bill that would protect religious agencies that receive federal funding from being forced to violate their conscience and place children in homes with same-sex couples.
The Daily Wire reports that Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama said the amendment addresses “two serious problems currently facing our nation.”
“First, the current opioid epidemic has caused the number of children in foster care across America to skyrocket,” said Aderholt. “These are children who are in desperate need of finding forever families.”
“Secondly, several states and localities across the country are not allowing religious organizations, such as Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services, to operate child welfare agencies,” continued Aderholt. “The reason for this is simply because these organizations, based on religious conviction, choose not to place children with same-sex couples.”
The congressman added that the discrimination of these agencies in service of LGBTQ interests does nothing to help the children.
“The amendment I introduced seeks to prevent these governments from discriminating against child welfare providers on the basis that the provider declines to provide a service that conflicts with its sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions,” added Aderholt. “Furthermore, it would require the Department of Health and Human Services to withhold 15 percent of federal funds for child welfare services from states and localities that discriminate against these agencies.”
All Democrats voted against the measure, which passed the House committee 29-23. Only one Republican voted against it.
Naturally, the bill has been met with plenty of pearl-clutching from LGBT groups and Democrats who love to selectively care about children when it suits their radical agenda.
House Minority Leader (and staunch defender of MS-13) Nancy Pelosi said the amendment represents “a sickening new low,” and a “disgusting, deeply immoral and profoundly offensive effort.”
Yup, this is pretty much how Democrats feel about the First Amendment in general!