Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies [22 VAC 40 ‑ 131]
Action Adopt new standards for licensed private child-placing agencies.
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/1/2011
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3/31/11  9:43 pm
Commenter: Vince Agnelli Jr

Objection to Proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B)
RE: Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies
{Proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B) would require a Licensed Private Child Placing Agency to accept any individual who applies to become a foster or adoptive parent regardless of whether that individual shares the agency’s religious and moral beliefs. Agencies that do not comply with this regulation would be in danger of losing their license.}
I am opposed to this legislation on the grounds that it “compels” Private NGO concerns to “suffer on account of his religious opinions” there by forcing them to accept social constructs which are not “protected” by name in the Constitution of Virginia.  Proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B) would not be protected by the Constitution of Virginia due to the protections afforded Religious concerns by Article 1, Section 16 Free exercise of religion; no establishment of religion.
…“No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.”… 
The legislation also takes away from the rights of children who may be “forced” to accept a fate that is not of their belief or wishes. This “protection” of our “Christian” resides in the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which is the cornerstone of the Constitution of Virginia and precedes the authority of all Constitutions in the United States. For lawmakers and bureaucrats under their direction not to honor the Virginia Declaration of Rights is equal to not honoring our citizenship and rights that are afforded to it.
“XVI That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.” 
Finally, it is the duty of all elected officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia to strike down Proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B) in order to stay within their sworn duty to “God” and us, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia as prescribed by the Constitution of Virginia in Article II, Section 7.  They must strike down the above-mentioned proposed regulation.
Article II, Section 7: Oath or affirmation
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as ...................., according to the best of my ability (so help me God)."
Should this legislation pass, “Private” entities and “Private Citizens” with individual interests need to engage in legal action against all parties not complying with their sworn duties.
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