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The Left Continues Attacking Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

The Left Continues Attacking Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 11:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Beware the bureaucrat spurned. Particularly if the bureaucrat is serving in one of the “caring” departments of your state or local government. Just as Kansas City, Missouri, health inspectors poured bleach on food meant for the homeless when volunteers didn’t toe the bureaucratic line, Philadelphia social workers are trying to shut down Catholic Charities’ adoption services because the believers refused to submit to the social workers leftist sexual preferences.

The collateral damage was the two groups these ‘compassionate’ public servants were supposed to be serving.

Mary Beth Waddell reports that only days after the city of Philadelphia broadcast an urgent call for more foster parents, “the City terminated its foster placement contracts with Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services — two of its nearly thirty partner agencies, because they were faith-based.”

The impact on the children was even greater since of the 30 groups the city works with, Catholic Charities are responsible for nearly half of all the adoptions that involve special needs children.

Now, as National Adoption Awareness Month draws to a close, Philadelphia lawyers will be in court attempting to defend their arbitrary exclusion of Catholic Charities — and the children the charities help — from the city’s approved roster of adoption agencies.

Just as we were, you might be wondering how can an injustice like this happen in a city that supposedly cares about its orphans? The answer is simple and chilling. For the left, sexual ideology trumps everything. The Consonant agenda takes priority over constitutionally enshrined religious freedom and the obvious and pressing needs of abandoned or abused children.

Waddell writes of “Sharonell Fulton, who is caring for two special needs children, may not be able to continue fostering because they no longer have access to the training, resources, and support of Catholic Charities — which she and others have observed as superior to that of government agencies.”

Fulton has also had enough of the sex-obsessed high-handedness of Philadelphia bureaucrats. She and other foster parents filed a lawsuit with the aim of forcing the bureaucracy to reinstate Catholic Charities.

Philadelphia justifies the exclusion of “faith-based agencies [due to] ‘LGBT discrimination,’ but no LGBT couples have been prohibited from adopting or becoming foster parents.” But facts don’t matter to fanatics.

Damage to the development of children without loving foster parents doesn’t matter either. As Waddell found, “Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies are under attack across the country and have been shut down in Illinois, Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia, and Buffalo.” This alternate lifestyle jihad against faith-based agencies is negatively affecting 440,000 children in foster care and another 100,000 plus children available for adoption.

If the left wins this pogrom the damage will be incalculable. “Faith-based agencies are exceptional at recruiting quality foster families because they connect with local churches and even recruit directly from the pulpit. Catholics are three times as likely as the general population to adopt, and evangelicals are five times as likely. The existence of these agencies means more opportunities and resources to help children, birth mothers, and others in need and doesn’t exclude anyone from engaging in the adoption and foster care system,” Waddell points out.

We aren’t optimistic that the unconstitutional assault will be stopped. A somnolent, self-absorbed lame duck Congress is more interested in passing pork-laden appropriations bills than jumping into one of the dreaded “social issues” fights. And the chance of legislation protecting faith-based agencies under San Francisco Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is non-existent.

The fight to protect the right of faith-based agencies living out Christ’s command to help the orphan is going to continue to be trench warfare. Let’s hope for the sake of the children, the fight is victorious.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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