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Gay 'rights' favored at expense of children and religious liberty

Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C., has ended its 80-year foster care program because of the District’s new law that will obligate all outside contractors to hire, provide benefits to, and offer adoption and foster care services to homosexuals.

Susan Gibbs, archdiocesan spokeswoman, said, “We said last fall that we could not continue this program if the bill was passed and written. Well, this has come to pass,” referring to the Catholic Charities foster care and adoption program.

The archdiocese's decision is one of the first actions in the name of religious liberty taken after the monumental Manhattan Declaration was signed by 243 religious leaders. These leaders proclaim, “We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.”

Most Christians, including Roman Catholics, are pleased that the Catholic Church has held to its longstanding principles. While this is a victory in the face of injustice, the failure of children committed to unfit homes, some of which will be parented by couples living gravely immoral lifestyles, lies at the feet of the aggressively liberal D.C. City Council.

The D.C. City Council taking for granted the help and leadership of orthodox Christians should come as no surprise, but what is surprising is the reaction of Americans United Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn, who said, “If faith-based charities cannot or will not obey civil rights laws, they ought not benefit from public funds.”

Whether or not gay rights are “civil rights” should be hotly debated. But what Mr. Lynn is missing here, is that Catholic Charities will not “benefit” from these public funds; the children they serve will! How asinine to act as if Catholic Charities is full of profit-seeking entrepreneurs, when it's the D.C. City Council that is compiling a nice track record of personally benefiting from public funds. Catholic Charities is not full of millionaires or ladder-climbers for a reason—they are committed to serving God’s children with biblical principles. Those biblical principles prohibit homosexual behavior (1 Cor 6:9-10; Gn 2:24; Lev 20:13; Lev 18:22; Rom 1:27; Ephesians 5:3). For a man who graces himself with the title “Reverend,” one would think that he would be a bit more steeped in the plain reading of Scripture.

Let us pray that these children find appropriate, godly homes and that the D.C. City Council reverses its decision and abandons any law that is contrary to God’s law or natural law.
 

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