Itâ€™s hard enough to get the truth out on a level playing fieldâ€”but in todayâ€™s news, itâ€™s downright impossible. The left has disinformation down to a science, especially when it comes to LGBT issues. Thatâ€™s dangerous in any situationâ€”but on the presidentâ€™s new adoption rule, it could mean the difference between a child finding a home and growing up without any love at all.
Last Friday should have been a good day for everyoneâ€”a good day for children, a good day for adopted parents, and a good day for religious freedom in America. Instead, the liberal media took the administrationâ€™s decision to open up the adoption process to anyone and turned it into another moment of fake martyrdom for the left.
As usual, the problem goes back to Barack Obama and his pattern of strong-arming Christians into surrendering their beliefs. In more and more states and big cities, liberals were following that lead in the adoption debate, ordering faith-based agencies to place kids with same-sex couples or shut down. Enter the Trump administration, who saw the damage this was doing to the countryâ€”and children in particular.
Suddenly, major networks like Catholic Charities, who did the bulk of adoption matching, were closing their doors in hostile areas. So last week, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule that makes it clear the federal government canâ€™t force religious groups to choose between their faith and serving communities.
Of course, the left went ballisticâ€”screaming that President Donald Trump was banning gay adoption. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., went even further,Â vowing to sue the administrationÂ over a policy that he called â€œheartless,â€� â€œdumb,â€� and â€œrepugnant to our values.â€�
Our message to the Trump administration is simple: there is no place for hate in New York or in our nation, and we will not allow this noxious proposal to stop LGBTQ New Yorkers from becoming parents or providing care to children in need.
Congressman Mike Kelly, R-Pa., could only shake his head.
The truth eludes these [extremists] anytime they talk! â€¦ But they say these thingsâ€”and I think they say them long enough and loud enough that they [hope] people will just start to take it as truth â€¦ But theyâ€™ll do whatever they need to do to get [whatever they want]â€”lie, cheat, steal, whatever. In this case, these are such false statements. In fact, our piece of legislation is called the Inclusion Act.
All weâ€™ve ever asked, he explained, is that when it comes to faith-based communitiesâ€”the ones whoâ€™ve been the most involved in adoption and foster care throughout historyâ€”that they arenâ€™t excluded.
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Absolutely nothing in the Trump rule or the Inclusion Act, Kellyâ€™s bill in Congress, would make it harder for anyone to adoptâ€”including same-sex couples.
â€œDonâ€™t get confused about whatâ€™s taking place here â€¦ â€� Kelly warned. â€œThis is about children, and this is about putting children with loving families â€¦ And weâ€”the faith-based communityâ€”were getting excluded.â€�
The far-left had this idea that if it could shut off the flow of federal dollars to these groups, it could force them to accept a liberal approach to adoption.
â€œOur feeling is always: Letâ€™s make it all inclusive,â€� Kelly explained. â€œLetâ€™s let adoptive families and foster care families decide where it is that they want to goâ€”and not have these agencies shut down because somebody says, â€˜Unless you do it our way, weâ€™re not going to allow you to participate.â€™ And thatâ€™s exactly whatâ€™s happened.â€�
But, as another court points out, itâ€™s Cuomoâ€™s approach thatâ€™s unconstitutionalâ€”not Trumpâ€™s.
Just this week in Syracuse, the 2ndÂ U.S. Circuit Court of AppealsÂ issued an emergency orderÂ to keep New York officials from threatening a faith-based agency called New Hope Family Services. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Roger Brooks was relieved, at least for the moment.
New Hopeâ€™s faith-based services do nothing to interfere with other adoption providers, but banishing it means fewer kids will find permanent homes, fewer adoptive parents will ever welcome their new child, and fewer birth parents will enjoy the exceptional support that New Hope has offered for decades.
Liberals can bully a lot of peopleâ€”but thank goodness the president isnâ€™t one of them.
â€œThere has never been an administration thatâ€™s kept its word more than the Trump administration,â€� Kelly told listeners on â€œWashington Watch.â€� â€œAnd I think that the faith-based community needs to realizeâ€”other presidents have made other promises, but never follow through. Well, this president has followed through on everything he said he was going to do, especially when it comes to religious freedom.â€�
LifeNews Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.