Supreme Court 9-0, Rod of Correction for Woke Philadelphia; Stop Discriminating Against Biblical Sexuality

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The city may NOT force a Catholic church adoption agency to violate sincerely held religious beliefs and force it to place children in harm’s way into homes where same-sex erotic behavior is present.

  • All Americans have the freedom to live according to their religious beliefs. Adoption and foster care providers are no different.
  • We live in a pluralistic society; we should not punish those who believe that the best home for a child includes a married mother and father, especially when punishment necessarily means more children with no home at all.

Allen Whitt, President of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia said,

The table was set in this case for the Court to aggressively set a new precedent and strike down the terrible “Smith” ruling from 1990 that allows cities to persecute Christian-owned or focused businesses and services. But conservative justices aren’t activists and they felt that would have been a stretch for this case. So five of them wrote favorably about accomplishing that protection for religious entities in another case. But today the 9-0 victory is an embarrassing defeat for those woke LBGT activists in Philadelphia who were seeking to use city government to persecute Christians. And the unanimous words in the blue box are telling. Protect children! Let THAT be the focus Philly!

  • Every child in need of a forever home deserves the chance to be adopted or cared for by a foster family. That’s what it means to keep kids first.
  • The Supreme Court unanimously found that the city of Philadelphia discriminated against Catholic Social Services because of their religious views.
  • This is a win for religious freedom and every American benefits from today’s opinion—especially the children in Philadelphia, who now will have more options for a loving home.
  • Quote from Chief Justice Roberts’ Opinion: “Maximizing the number of foster families and minimizing liability are important goals, but the City fails to show that granting CSS an exception will put those goals at risk. If anything, including CSS in the program seems likely to increase, not reduce, the number of available foster parents.”

Decision: Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with Catholic Social Services for the provision of foster care services unless CSS agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

  • Philadelphia cut Catholic Social Services from its program just days after putting out an urgent call for 300 more foster parents in March 2018. That came a year after Catholic Social Services placed 226 children in foster homes. Why? Because Philadelphia disagrees with the Catholic Church’s marriage view. This is not keeping kids first.
  • In the U.S., more than 400,000 children in the foster system are waiting for homes. Around 4% of children are adopted within a year of entering foster care, and 85% of children in foster care have at least two placements in their first 12 months.
  • The foster crisis is so extreme that some states are hosting foster children in hotels and office buildings because there is nowhere else to place them.
  • Shutting down faith-based adoption and foster care providers—like Philadelphia is trying to do—means fewer children will have a chance to find a home. That’s not keeping kids first.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on June 17, 2021. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the court, in which Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan, Kavanaugh and Barrett joined. Justice Barrett filed a concurring opinion, in which Justice Kavanaugh joined, and in which Justice Breyer joined as to all but the first paragraph. Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Justices Thomas and Gorsuch joined. Justice Gorsuch filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Justices Thomas and Alito joined.

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Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania