Just 24 hours before the comment period is about to end I noted this post, YOU HAVE TWENTY-FOUR HOURS LEFT!, at the Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance Blog. That blog links to this week-old post, Only One Week Left: Help Protect Rights Of Faith Based Child Service Agencies!, at Family Foundation Blog. What has now become so urgent? Virginia has proposed some changes in its adoption regulations. Same-sex sex advocates want those changes to include a prohibition. Given their preference, they would not allow faith-based adoption agencies to discriminate based upon gender orientation.
Here are some examples of the comments. Please add yours to the list.
Preserve religious freedom
Forcing agencies and individuals to choose between following their own values or following the law would be an unprecedented violation of religious freedom in Virginia. Religious liberty is foundational to our Commonwealth and our country.
Faith based agencies provide VITAL services to our communities. They must be allowed to continue the great work they are doing.
Preserve Religious Freedom
We need to respect the rights of faith-based child placement agencies to keep up their good work in a manner consistent with their beliefs and values, and of course to include their feelings about marriage and family life. On April 20th of this year the State Board of Social Services upheld their rights to do that. So, just let them do as they feel is right for the children’s sake, and let us not allow the prevaricators of the homosexual agenda have their way by imposing a proposed new standard into the regulations which would prohibit faith-based organizations from discriminating against applicants on the basis of sexual orientation. Most of the faith-based child placement agencies know that homosexual behavior is an obamanation.
Keeping Religious Freedom
I am thankful for the right afforded Faith Based adoption organizations here in Virginia. The effect of over regulation and its harm can be seen nationally lets not move it to the state level any more than it currently is. I know the help these organizations can be in a community. Even though we are not in that area of expertise we do have a successful addictions ministry. I know the benefit it can be in lifting the load from state government, and of course the savings in revenue.
I remind you of the freedoms given these organizations. Let’s not change this. A person’s core values are vital to the nation we live in, please respect ours.
Thank You so much
Pastor Steven Rebert
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Winchester VA 22603
Preserve Religious FreedomMy family and I urge you to uphold religious liberty by keeping the current regulations regarding adoption in the Commonwealth in place.
Please preserve religious freedom!
On April 20, the State Board of Social Services correctly upheld the fundamental right of faith-based child placement agencies to continue their great work of helping children and families without governmental intrusion into the practice of their faith.
· Faith-based child placement agencies have a right, under federal and state law, to make decisions that are consistent with their religious beliefs, including their beliefs about marriage and family life. This right must be respected and preserved.
· Children benefit from being placed in situations that reflect the natural family, with a mother and a father.
· Many birthparents and prospective adoptive parents hold these beliefs as well, and they have every right to work with agencies that share their values.
· Forcing agencies and individuals to choose between following their own values or following the proposed discriminatory regulation would be an unprecedented violation of religious freedom in Virginia. Religious liberty is foundational to our Commonwealth and our country.
· Faith-based agencies provide vital services to our communities. They must be allowed to continue the great work they are doing.
Is religious freedom important to you? Here’s is one way you can defend it.
Please contact the Board of Social Services by following the instructions below and urge it to reject any regulation that discriminates against faith-based child placement agencies.
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