The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that revolves around the issue of whether LGBT activists can demand that government force Christian organizations to violate their faith.
In essence, whether religious rights are protected by the Constitution – or not.
The issue is the decision by officials in Philadelphia to demand that Christian organizations violate their millennia-old standards for their faith by placing foster children with LGBT duos.
The clash erupted after the Supreme Court a few years ago created same-sex “marriage” across the country, overturning a definition that stood for thousands of years that marriage was between a man and a woman.
Many Christians and their organizations feared at the time the announcement was made that LGBT campaigners immediately would target them for their own exercise of their religious rights.
And it came even though the justices wrote in that opinion that “it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”
One of the battle fronts is the faith-based groups that work with foster children.
In its submission some months ago Becket, which is working on behalf of Catholic Social Services, which is being targeted for its Christian faith by officials in Philadelphia, asked the justices to overrule the city’s demand that the faith group put children in homes with same-sex caregivers.
“As the city of Philadelphia attempts to shamelessly score political points, dozens of beds remain empty and children are suffering the consequences,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at Becket, which is defending Catholic Social Services.
“It’s time for the Supreme Court to weigh in and allow faith-based agencies to continue doing what they do best: giving vulnerable children loving homes,” she said at the time.