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9/14/11  7:09 pm
Commenter: Jen Veldhuyzen

Both are wrong: Forcing LGBT to give to churches & forcing faith-agencies to give children to LGB

With all due respect, come on, it's separation of Church and State.  The State cannot tell a faith-based organization what it ought to believe.  Whether that agency is Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or of any other philosophical or religious persuasion (like PCUSA, which supports LGBT adoption), the state cannot tell an agency how it is supposed to feel about a tough issue like LGBT adoption.  Of course a faith-based organization should not attack or slander LGBT people.  Nor should it go out of its way to physically prevent them from living their lives as they please.

Members of the LGBT community have the right as per the First Amendment to organize and petition for their own adoption agencies.  I believe we can all respect those of different beliefs than ourselves.  If an LGBT nonprofit, for example, offers legal help or financial aid to LGBT people, and refuses to give that aid to a conservative Christian, that is their prerogative.  They don't have to pay or work towards something they disagree with.  In the same vein, LGBT and allied couples should understand that they cannot force someone to work for them if it is against that person's faith to give a child to be raised with exposure to a LGBT lifestyle.  Everyone needs to respect everyone else's beliefs.  Forcing faith-based agencies to give children to LGBT families is like forcing LGBT couples to start giving money to Westboro Baptist Church.

I am not a Catholic (or a Baptist), but here are some historical precedences pointed out by the VA Catholics:

  • "On April 20, the State Board of Social Services correctly upheld the fundamental right of faith-based agencies to continue their great work without governmental intrusion into the practice of their faith.
  • Faith-based agencies have a right, under federal and state law, to make decisions that are consistent with their religious beliefs, including their beliefs about marriage and family life. This right must be respected and preserved.
  • Many birthparents and prospective adoptive parents hold these beliefs as well, and they have every right to work with agencies that share their values.
  • Forcing agencies and individuals to choose between following their own values or following the law would be an unprecedented violation of religious freedom in Virginia. Religious liberty is foundational to our Commonwealth and our country.
  • Faith-based agencies provide vital services to our communities. They must be allowed to continue the great work they are doing."
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