Imagine a world in which only churches that affirm homosexuality are allowed to operate. Never in the U.S. – the land of the free, right? Well, that’s basically what Illinois is doing to faith-based foster care and adoption agencies right now. Following the passage of a new civil union bill, the state is issuing Christian social service agencies an ultimatum: place foster kids with same-sex couples or – lose your foster care contract.
As a result, the Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA) is closing its foster care program, transferring nearly 250 foster care cases to two secular agencies. Catholic Charities faces a similar plight. It’s fighting the state in court. But, if it loses, it will need to transfer nearly two-thousand foster care cases to other agencies.
Never mind that these two top-rated agencies have been providing excellent foster care for nearly five decades. Never mind that the new law contains a clause supposedly exempting religious organizations from state interference. And, never mind that not even one same-sex couple has approached either agency, seeking to provide foster care!
No, now we’re living in an era where the rights of gays trump the rights of just about everyone else, especially Christians – and we’re just in the early stages. Think about it. If the state can pressure Christian foster care agencies to violate their consciences, what’s to keep governments from doing the same thing with Christian schools and churches? The federal government could withhold loans from students enrolled in Christian colleges that don’t hire practicing homosexuals. Churches could lose tax-exempt status if they exclude homosexuals from leadership.
You see, once society accepts that homosexuality is an immutable trait, the same as skin color or physical disability, gays become a protected class. This is why Christians need to oppose civil union and gay marriage laws. They’re based on the premise that homosexuality is not a behavior. And, once governments accept that premise, it’s open season on all Christian institutions.
(Below is a link to a six-minute piece I produced on Illinois’ decision to reject contracts with the ECFA and Catholic Charities. It contains portions of interviews with a spokesman from IL Dept. of Children and Family Services; the exec. director of ECFA; a spokesman with Catholic Charities; and a foster care family.)