For years, radical atheists have been on a rampage against Christian adoption agencies.
They won’t stop until all Christian adoption agencies are shut down for good.
But President Trump’s latest action in an ongoing lawsuit has them crying foul.
The Trump administration recently submitted a brief to the Supreme Court regarding the case Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
This case, which has been brewing since the beginning of the year, is centered on a dispute between the city of Philadelphia and Catholic Social Services (CSS) in the area.
Catholic Social Services is one of the biggest child welfare agencies in Philadelphia. The organization has connected thousands of children with safe, loving homes.
But liberal groups in Philadelphia have taken issue with the charity organization, arguing that CSS should be blocked from providing critical services because of its “discriminatory” practices.
These liberal activists have based their argument on the fact that CSS does not include same-sex couples in its pool of foster parents.
In other words, CSS refuses to contradict God’s Word by placing children with same-sex couples. The atheist left calls this “discrimination.”
They’d rather stop thousands of children from going to loving homes each year than admit CSS has a right to uphold God’s definition of family!
CSS sued in response to this claim, arguing that it has a religious right to focus on traditional heterosexual couples as viable foster parents.
When the case reached the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, however, the court ruled that “religious belief will not excuse compliance with general civil rights laws.”
“[CSS] failed to make a persuasive showing that the city targeted it for its religious beliefs, or is motivated by ill will against it religion, rather than sincere opposition to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
According to this ruling, the city of Philadelphia could force CSS to accept same-sex couples as foster parents for vulnerable children—or close down altogether, leaving many Philadelphia children in jeopardy.
CSS appealed to the Supreme Court, and the case will be heard later this year. The organization was unsure about the possible outcome—until President Trump stepped up in support!
The Trump administration gave CSS a head start on the case by filing the brief, which urged the Supreme Court to respect the organization’s religious beliefs.
“Philadelphia has impermissibly discriminated against religious exercise,” the brief argued.
“[The city’s actions] reflect unconstitutional hostility toward Catholic Social Services’ religious beliefs.”
Citing a recent Supreme Court case in which a Christian baker was awarded the right to refuse service to gay couples, the administration discussed the importance of religious freedoms and the risks of oppressing groups like CSS.
“[It is unconstitutional to] pass judgment upon—or presuppose the illegitimacy of—religious beliefs and practices,” the administration wrote.
“[Philadelphia] singled out religious organization for investigation; suggested that religious beliefs are merely a pretext for discrimination…and tried to persuade Catholic Social Services that its understanding of Catholic doctrine was outmoded,” the brief continued.
The City of Philadelphia has clearly taken oppressive, anti-religious actions to try and force CSS to conform to a liberal ideal of foster care and adoption.
President Trump hopes the Supreme Court will see that and rule in favor of CSS – and he intends to stand in support as long as it takes.
The charity will be represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, an organization which has vast experience in the area of religious rights.
“I’m relieved to hear that the Supreme Court will weigh in on faith-based adoption and foster care,” said Lori Windham, a representative from the Becket Fund.
“Over the last few years, agencies have been closing their doors across the country, and all the while children are pouring into the system.”
“It’s easy to support a foster agency that has been uniting vulnerable children with loving families for over 100 years,” Windham continued, reflecting on the need to keep CSS running.
“Faith-based agencies are some of the best at combating the foster-care crisis across the nation. Yet across the country, they face threats from those who disagree with their religious beliefs.”
“I am hopeful that the Court will recognize that faith-based agencies are rightfully part of the solution and shouldn’t be subject to the political appetites of their adversaries.”
Please pray that the Supreme Court will listen to the wisdom of the Trump administration’s brief on this case!
And praise God that our President is so firmly on the side of God’s plan for families.