Romney Propose Law Protecting Religious Freedom
Religious Freedom means the freedom to practices ones religion. Sounds simple in principle, but every day it’s gettting more and more difficult for Churches and their adherents to actual practice what they preach.
Take for example Catholic Charities, an adoption service responsible for placing 720 children in homes since 1977, which may be forced to allow gays to adopt children, something againts their faith.
Make no mistake about it, this is not a correct application of the principle of separation of church and state, because it is the state telling the church how to practice it’s religion. The church may have to do something againts it’s faith because the state may mandate it. But those groups whose mantra is “keep religion out of the government” will have no problem with allowing “goverment in religion.”
BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston’s leading Catholic charity, abiding by Vatican teachings that describe same-sex adoptions as “gravely immoral,” said on Friday it would halt adoption services, raising the stakes in a dispute over a state law allowing gays and lesbians to adopt children.
Massachusetts’ Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon who may run for the White House in 2008, said he would propose a law to make the Catholic Church and other religious institutions exempt from the state’s nondiscrimination act.
“I find the current state of the law deeply disturbing and a threat to religious freedom,” Romney said in a statement issued within minutes of the adoption announcement. Several political analysts expected Romney’s proposal to be easily defeated in the Democratic-controlled state Legislature.
Since it entered into a contract to provide special needs adoption services with the state in 1977, Catholic Charities has placed 720 children in permanent homes through adoption. Of those, 13 children were placed with same-sex families.
The Vatican has campaigned against gay marriage for several years, issuing a stern document condemning gay adoption in 2003 that said allowing children to be adopted by same-sex couples “would actually mean doing violence to these children” and was “gravely immoral”.