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LGBT activists are forcing Christians out of adoption services…and kids are getting hurt

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August 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In 2016, Mary Eberstadt’s short, powerful book It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies was released. It is a sweeping analysis, and details the cultural shift that has effectively reduced the once-Christian majority into an increasingly despised minority. To ascribe to the Christian worldview on sexuality, Eberstadt notes, is to invite the labels of bigot, homophobe, transphobe, or worse. And as a result, Christianity has lost the prestigious position it once held in the West. It has been effectively replaced with the totalitarian moral relativism of the Sexual Revolution.

Eberstadt also notes that this ongoing social purge has victims beyond the Christians themselves. As Christian charities, foster organizations, adoption agencies, and other groups find themselves the target of the thuggish LGBTQ activists who demand that they change their view of sexuality or be shut down, many are faced with an impossible choice: Abandon their principles, or be forced to abandon the people who in many cases have nowhere else to turn. Churches and individual Christians have traditionally done the vast majority of the heavy lifting in these areas, but the rainbow warriors are perfectly willing to see real people get hurt in their war on traditional values.

The latest example of this is a Catholic charity organization in Buffalo, New York, which has been forced to end the foster care and adoption services that it has run for years because they cannot comply with both the regulations that demand they be willing to place children with same-sex couples as well as the teachings of the Catholic Church. Currently, the program includes fifty-five certified foster homes, but the charity officials say they will have to figure out some way to transition these responsibilities to the state sometime in 2019. A Catholic organization can no longer govern itself by Catholic principles and stay in business. When it comes to adoption and foster services, Christians need not apply.

Of course, nobody ever bothers to point out that this is actually discrimination against Christians, who hold to the same views on sexuality that Christians have held for 2,000 years. Apparently, if you believe that it is best for children to have both a mother and a father—something that is not only true, but would have been an uncontroversial and obvious thing to say a handful of years ago—you are now considered too bigoted to help children, even if you have been doing so with tremendous effectiveness since before society’s lightning-fast evolution on LGBT issues. If you dare to suggest that mothers and fathers bring something unique to the table in the care of children, and run your adoption agency with that fact in mind—you’re out of business. You’ve offended the gay rights activists.

Christian couples have also been having an increasingly difficult time being accepted as foster parents or as prospects for adoption. Often, they face questions about their views that are obviously designed to ferret out any heresy: Do you now, or have you ever had, any Christian views on sexuality? And if you do have the gall to admit that you hold to the Judeo-Christian principles that our society was founded on, you can count on being rejected in favor of a nice lesbian couple down the street. Fathers, after all, aren’t necessary these days. Saying that they might be is also apparently hateful.

It is strange to consider, but Christians are getting rejected by society at large not because they are immoral, but precisely because of their moral stances. You can take your children to a Pride parade, where they will in all likelihood be exposed to nude middle-aged men, BDSM practices, simulated sex, and other such indecency, and you will be applauded by the media, the politicians, and the cultural tastemakers as an open-minded and excellent parent. But if you suggest that perhaps children shouldn’t be exposed to such things, then you just might find yourself declared too hateful to raise a child.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.