September 21, 2017
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. Michigan is the latest ground zero in that brawl, now that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing to force faith-based agencies to place kids in same-sex homes.
According to the ACLU, the state's law leads to "fewer options for children" -- which is ironic, since without religious social services, children would have almost no options! Still, the ACLU's Leslie Cooper says, the idea that Michigan is allowing churches and faith-based groups to operate on their convictions is discriminatory. No, what's discriminatory is strong-arming Christians to abandon their beliefs or get out of the public square!
As we've seen in places like Massachusetts and Indiana, the Left will stop at nothing to squeeze groups like Catholic Charities out of the adoption business. In a huge blow to the kids of those states, the organization made the sad decision to close their doors rather than compromise their beliefs. 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 a view of parenting that denies a child a mother or a father. A view, social science tells us, that poses serious risks to children.
"We want to send a message to legislatures," the ACLU insisted. "We have to make it clear that these kinds of laws are unconstitutional." On what grounds? Certainly not the First Amendment, which gives Americans the right to exercise their faith in all walks of life. Clearly, this is just another coordinated attack on religious liberty -- which, like so many before it, would never withstand a true legal test.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.