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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:43 AM

 

Congressmen Introduce Bill to Protect Religious Rights of Foster Care, Adoption Agencies

August 3, 2014 | By: Heather Clark

WASHINGTON – Two Republican Congressmen have introduced a bill that would protect the religious rights of child welfare providers, such as adoption agencies and foster care services.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Sen. Mike Enzi introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act last week, a measure that would prevent the federal government, as well as state officials, from discriminating against providers because of their religious beliefs.

“The federal government, and any state that receives federal funding for any program that provides child welfare services under part B or part E of title IV of the Social Security Act (and any subdivision, office or department of such state) shall not discriminate or take an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on the basis that the provider has declined or will decline to provide, facilitate, or refer for a child welfare service that conflicts with, or under circumstances that conflict with, the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions,” the bill reads.

The legislation also outlines that some states such as Massachusetts, California, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, “have refused to contract with religious organizations that are unable, due to sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions, to provide a child welfare service that conflicts, or under circumstances that conflict, with those beliefs or convictions.”

http://christiannews.net/2014/08/03/congressmen-introduce-bill-to-protect-religious-rights-of-foster-care-adoption-agencies/

http://www.enzi.senate.gov/uploads/CWPIA.pdf

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:59 AM

1. I have no issue with a religious agency following it's sincerely held beliefs

But I'm not sure why they think they deserve a portion of my tax dollars to support their ministries.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 12:45 PM

2. What? This is all wrong, imo.

Enforcing separation is not discrimination, particularly if the agency is using their religious beliefs to discriminate against others.

I guess these groups can discriminate in terms of who they will provide services for, but they can't do that and expect to get federal funds.

At least I hope not.

This is all just going too far.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:42 PM

3. Saw this discussed in the LGBT Group, too. My take- aren't they private, federal sub contractors?

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:51 PM

4. I wonder how far this goes to protect the religious rights of the children? The foster home my

daughter is in has a variety of faiths represented. My daughter is Lutheran, one client is Jehovah's Witness and the other is Methodist. The foster parents have their own religion. I have never had a problem with any of this but I know the JW family does wish to have their son continue to follow their religion. In this case the family respect these needs.

But what happens when we have some rwer who is doing foster care or adopting in order to convert the clients to their religion? I think this law is a bad idea.

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