The standard guardians of political correctness are all over Catholic Charities because they are using a religious exemption in the disposition of foster children. (The story is here.)Reflecting the tenets of its faith, Catholic Charities licenses only married couples and single parents living alone as foster parents, while referring couples in civil unions to other agencies. The State of Illinois, which expelled Catholic Charities from its foster care program without notice, argue that the policy violates state anti-discrimination laws that now accommodate same-sex couples in civil unions.
Funny how what goes around comes around. Advocates of civil unions and marriage for homosexuals long have argued: "How does it hurt you if same sex couples are allowed to get married? Just go live your life and stop pestering ours."
Now these same people have flipped the same argument on its head. What, they can be asked, does it hurt them if Catholic Charities does not place foster and adopted children with same sex couples? They can't argue that unless they have access to the Catholic Charities children that they are being denied their "right" to adopt or take in foster children. There are plenty of children in need of foster care without trampling on the constitutionally and legally protected religious beliefs of Catholic Charities.
Simply put, there is no civil right to raise foster children. Foster parents are licensed. The highest priority here isn't the right to have foster children, but for children to be raised in a safe environment. How does Catholic Charities' policy harm the children. (Curiously, the ACLU argues that the Catholic Charities' policy violates the children's constitutional rights. That's a stretch, and an argument that can take us down another road.)
Catholic Charities has been providing this service for more than four decades. It has invested in infrastructure to carry out its mission. The quality of its care is unquestioned. That Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and state child welfare officials would waste our money and their time trying to strip Catholic Charities of this charitable work in the name of political correctness is outrageous.
The case for Catholic Charities is being argued by Tom Brejcha on the Thomas More Society.