It’s common practice for state-funded adoption centers in Texas to reject potential adopters for religious reasons. Just ask any LGBTQ, non-Christian, or single parent and they’ll tell you how difficult it is to get approved.
Texas legislators took this discriminatory practice one step further on Tuesday night by pushing a law through the state House that intends to prevent victims of discrimination from suing such organizations.
Naturally, Republicans have a stronghold in the Texas House, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that representatives moved to approve the “Freedom to Serve Children Act” in a vote of 94 to 51. Introduced by state-supported, private organizations seeking legal protection from distraught adoptive and foster parents, the measure will now head to the state Senate, PBS reports.
Though this isn’t the first time American lawmakers approved a bill that prevents non-Christian families from adopting. In March, South Dakotans passed similar legislation, the consequences of which are too early to tell.
Supporters of the Texan bill say adoption agencies reserve the right to screen potential parents as they see fit, while other sponsors of the measure hope protecting agencies from legal battles will improve retention rates for state-funded organizations.
National Adoption Council public policy vice president Megan Lestino told PBS it isn’t illegal for faith-based agencies to discriminate, so long as there are other opportunities for non-Christians to adopt. Only, in deep red states, those alternative options are far and few between. And when taxpayer dollars are involved, it’s hard to see how this is anything other than local government-condoned discrimination.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were roughly 428,000 American children in foster care in 2015, and based on statistics reported in the last five years, those numbers continue to grow each year. Limiting adoptions to Christians only exacerbates a growing problem, especially when religious preference is an arbitrary measure for deciding who’s fit to parent.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Becky Riggs Muday Oh yes those “pro lifers” are at it again! Make sure that baby is born but then let’s cut the number of eligible parents in half! Yeah!
Dianna Fiaccola Rodriguez So, if I’m an atheist and the child I want to adopt is a Buddhist i have to become a Christian to adopt. Does the child have to convert before I can adopt him? Wouldnt that be an intrusion on his cultural rights? Sounds like a huge lawsuit for the ACLU to get involved in.
David Bassano Texas is so filled with proto-fascists that the politicians can make hay by catering to them. The politicians know perfectly well that the ACLU will overturn this nonsense in court, but as long as they can go back to their constituents and say, “Well, we TRIED to defend religious liberty, but those atheist leftists and their activist judges stopped us,” then they can still get the votes and keep their jobs.
Leslie Rathbun Just more proof that the “Christians” don’t care about children once they are born…only in the womb, and forcing women to carry them.
Debbie Taylor Bender Yoder At the rate the GOP is going, Jesus Christ himself would not be deemed a Christian. And, with no wife in tow, he certainly would be deemed unfit to adopt a child in need of a forever home. These “representatives” are simply shameful.