March 05, 2018
At Media Matters, why don't kids matter? The Soros-funded group seems to be going out of its way to shame the organizations whose only concern is exactly that. Their latest target? Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
Like most conservatives, ADF has been doing everything it can to defend the freedom of adoption agencies to place children in the best possible home -- a freedom, unfortunately, that's been complicated by the recent efforts of the anti-faith and LGBT lobbies. Media Matters is not normally a direct player in this debate. After all, its mission is keeping watch on the media – not wading in to specific social issue culture battles, or at least that is what they've claimed.
Their real mission is becoming evident now that it's leading the attack on ADF for daring to argue that adoption and foster care agencies ought to be able to prioritize the best environment for children: homes with a married mother and father. After some cities made it impossible for Christian nonprofits to operate (at least not without violating their faith), more states have gone on the offensive – introducing and passing bills that reiterate the religious freedom of these faith-based organizations.
ADF is helping to lead the legal fight in at least five of those states, where extremists (like the folks at Media Matters) are arguing that these agencies are actually harming these children by taking their wellbeing into account. Don't be fooled, ADF's Sarah Kramer argues. This isn't about the kids. This is about "pushing a political agenda. It's about forcing faith-based organizations to denounce their beliefs about marriage. All at the expense of the children…" Besides, she points out, none of these laws affects a same-sex couple's ability to adopt. "There are no laws preventing them from doing so. And there are other adoption and foster care agencies that would be willing to match them with a child."
In the meantime, am I the only one who finds Media Matters's involvement in this issue odd? After all, their stated priority is stopping lopsided news coverage, not stepping in to a hornet's nest of religious liberty legislation. Could it be that they, like many far-Left radicals, have moved beyond trying to blacklist conservatives on air to lobbying them out of existence altogether?
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.