Kansas Governor Signs Bill Protecting Religious Convictions of Foster, Adoption Agencies

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Republican governor of Kansas has signed a bill into law that protects the convictions of religious foster care and adoption agencies, in that the government is prohibited from punishing such organizations for declining to place children in certain households when doing so would violate the tenets of their faith.

“The actions taken in this bill will prevent discrimination against faith-based agencies of any faith, of any creed, of any religion,” said Gov. Jeff Colyer, who signed the legislation Friday at the Youth Horizons Kinloch Price Boys Ranch, a faith-based nonprofit that helps troubled youth.

He referenced the case out of Michigan involving St. Vincent Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services, as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Michigan Children’s Services Agency in September in an effort to stop state officials from contracting with any child placement agency that “employ[s] religious criteria in decisions regarding the screening of prospective foster and adoptive parents.”

“It’s unfortunate that in some states, Catholic charities … and other faith-based organizations have had to close down shop in places like Illinois, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts,” Colyer, a Roman Catholic, stated. “They’re doing it because of state and local laws that don’t allow them to practice their religion. So we must do whatever we can to prevent this from happening and protect all the options for our children.”

S.B. 284, which passed the House 63-58 and the Senate 24-15, states that “no child placement agency shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer or otherwise participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of such child would violate such agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”

It also prohibits the government from revoking a faith-based agency’s license or permit “solely because of the agency’s objection to performing, assisting, counseling, recommending, consenting to, referring or otherwise participating in a placement that violates such agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Homosexual advocacy groups have decried the legislation as being discriminatory, and assert that it would discourage homosexuals from pursuing adoption.

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Lori Ross of FosterAdopt Connect told The Wichita Eagle that while she believes religious organizations have a right to operate in accordance with their faith, she doesn’t believe that taxpayer money should be granted to agencies that “discriminate” in home placement decisions.

“It is completely unfair that those same people who are going to be discouraged from fostering and adopting are going to be paying taxes into the state that are going to be used to pay agencies to do work that would discriminate against them,” she said.

“There’s nobody, myself included, that says a religious-based organization doesn’t have a right to practice whatever their deeply held religious beliefs are. When it becomes a problem is when public dollars are being used to fund a service.”

However, others who have commented on similar bills have noted that those involved in homosexuality do not need to approach Christian or Catholic foster and adoption agencies and try to force them to violate their beliefs when there are secular agencies available.

“We do not see this bill as discriminatory,” Colyer stated during the signing ceremony. “Discrimination based on sexual orientation nor sincerely-held beliefs—either one of them—are not good for the people of the state of Kansas.”

The late preacher and author Art Katz once said, “[W]e ought to look different, speak differently, act differently, that there ought to be such a savor and fragrance about us of Christ that it is a savor of death unto death itself and life unto life to others. The fact that the world can so easily tolerate us, the fact of the almost complete absence of reproach, let alone persecution, is itself a shameful testimony that we are so [much] like the world that we cannot be distinguished from it.”

“I believe that God could lay at the door of the Church the full responsibility for the present condition of the world. And the things over which we cluck our tongues and point our fingers and look [with] disdain down our noses about are the things which can be attributed to us, for we have not established in the earth a standard and an alternative to which a dying world might have turned,” he declared.


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  • JPT

    Practicing one’s faith and demanding the power to do so under governmental aegis, are not the same thing, nor should they be, lest religious freedom be diminished for all.

    It is not the United States of Christian Supremacy. The Constitution does not endorse one God over another; the government has no opinion on theology. The only prudent tack is to lean toward neutrality in a pluralistic society.

    FYI: It is religious tenets…not tenants.

    • james blue

      Of course the law does mean it is now legal to refuse to place a child in a Christian home.

      • JPT

        How does that apply?

        • james blue

          Well “religious conviction” doesn’t just apply to Christians, it applies to people of all faiths.

          A while back in Louisiana lawmakers changed their mind on school vouchers for private religious schools when Islamic based private schools applied. The same principle applies here. No doubt they just intended to allow Christian based agencies to refuse “the gays”, but they can also refuse to place children in homes of Muslims, Wiccans, Atheists etc. A non Christian agency therefore can refuse to place children in Christian homes.

          • Lily Of The Valley

            I believe you could file that under “unintended consequences.”

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I believe you could file that under “talking to oneself”. 😉

          • Lily Of The Valley

            Who are you going to accuse me of being next – Elvis? JFK? Jimmy Hoffa?

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            They just keep coming. This person must have a lot of hate in his heart for Christians.Sad and very disturbing. I wonder what happened in his life to cause such hatred in his heart. He needs deliverance and a lot of healing. I pray he gets it soon. Time is too short to live with that kind of hate.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            One of them works at Facebook and is using that to stalk Christian posters. I sometimes think Lady Checkmate should call the police. They have a website dedicated to trying to find her in real life.

          • Susan Perelka

            Wow, and they say we are intolerant! She should contact Facebook and the police, that is stalking! Where is the FBI on cases like this, I would consider that domestic terror.

            Abba Father, I ask for Your protection for Lady Checkmate. I ask that You would deliver her from these wicked people who are attempting to intimidate her into silence. Let these people be found out and disciplined in Jesus Name. AMEN

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            She doesn’t need protection, the story is nonsense.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You certainly do protest too much.

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            Did you come up with that story while on the toilet? It belongs there.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            Dear Abba Father I agree with this prayer.I also ask in Christ Your Son to protect Lady Checkmate. I also seek You to deliver Lady Checkmate from these wicked people as well. I seek You Abba Father for the Victory over these people who wish her harm. In the Name Of Jesus I pray Amen.

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            No need, there is no truth in the story. Nobody works for Facebook and no one has a website trying to find her. Guest Verified is lying to you. Notice he provided no link or evidence…not that he ever does.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            God himself knows the truth. God knows what’s going on. And I trust God.

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            Then trust God, and let Guest Verified bring his evidence. Lady Checkmate has been claiming death threats for years, as ridiculous an idea as I have ever heard since no one would know where she lives and no one would care enough to do anything to her.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            God knows the truth. God knows if the death threats are true. I see how angry you are with her. This life is very short. Don’t spend all your life living in anger and bitterness.

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            Maybe you should stop perpetuating all this ridiculous drama then. Look at you, posting prayers asking for God’s rebuke, going on about Bob Rumba, who on earth is Bob Rumba and why does anyone reading this forum care? You are right, life is short, and here you are getting indignant about a story about stopping homosexuals from adopting kids. Homosexuals don’t abuse children, that’s utter nonsense, so why are you playing this game? Why do you and your friends only ever comment on the LGBT related stories here and ignore the other 99% of the Christian News Network posts?

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            You hate my my posting of my prayers, well that is your right to hate them. Your hating them is no skin off my nose. And I will ask God to Rebuke when I feel the need to ask. As far as “BobRumba” you know who I am talking about. If you fee the need to deny it, well that is your choice. What did I say on this story that has you in such a fit of anger?As far as being abused it is done by all walks of life. Where did I make a comment saying gays abuse children. If you find one where I did make a comment to me on my post you seem to think I made. As far as playing a game please take a good look at yourself. You are playing a game of falsely accusing me of saying things i have not.

            Dear Abba Father in Christ Your Son I seek Victory over this person hate. In Jesus Name Amen.

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            I have no clue who Bob Rumba is and it doesn’t matter and nobody cares. Comment on the stories here and stop dragging people into your silly drama. And you don’t need to publicly pray to God every five minutes and neither does Susan Perelka.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I’m done playing your games.

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            How ironic.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I used to like that song…… Or something like that. By Alanis Morissette I believe.
            An old man turned ninety-eight
            He won the lottery and died the next day
            It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
            It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late

            Isn’t it ironic don’t you think

            It’s like rain on your wedding day
            It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
            It’s the good advice that you didn’t take
            who would’ve thought it figures

            Mr. Play it safe was afraid to fly
            He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye He waited his whole lifeto take that flight
            And as the plain crashed down he thought
            Well isn’t that nice
            And isn’t it ironic don’t you think

          • Bob Johnson

            The anger you and she responds to may be a self-reflection of the emotion. Perhaps instead it is simply amusement – a little poke at the more outrageous comments. The annoyance that her view of Christianity is the only orthodox position. A guffaw at the sheer hubris of some of the posts.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I see it’s now your turn. Sorry not playing.

          • In Jesus name, amen.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            Amen.

          • …in Jesus name, amen.

          • Lily Of The Valley

            I’m not sure who you’re talking about, but hey, if this “one of them” who works for Facebook is around here, I do need a job….lol

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            That’s an interesting theory. I personally believe God is punishing Lady Checkmate for being such a terrible person.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Wait’ll you see what He has in store for you.

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            I’m expecting high fives and a pitcher of martinis.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I keep her in my prayers. I pray for her protection. And I pray for those who go against her. They have an issue with hate. People with that kind of hate are dangerous. She may have to call the police for her own protection. Although I believe God has been protecting her. They are also going after other Christians who defend her. BobRumba got angry with me for defending her. She is my sister in Christ. I also been praying for the Christians on this site who have been Trolled by these trolls. Although I think they have stepped with trolling. What they are doing now might be more dangerous for Christians that he hates. Keep her in Prayer as well as the rest of us.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I will definitely add her and all of you to my prayer list. Don’t be afraid. God is with us.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            Thank You! God is with us indeed.

          • Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
            10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

            Amen!!!

          • Raymond Luxury Yacht

            Yeah pray for the safety of the internet’s biggest crybully.

          • Lily Of The Valley

            I apologize if you took my comments as hateful, it wasn’t intended that way. I was merely agreeing with James Blue, I thought he brought up a relevant point. If the law is to be applied to all faith-based agencies, things like he was talking about – some agency refusing to place children with Christians – could certainly be possible. Even though I am not one myself, I certainly don’t have “hate in my heart for Christians” – if I did I would hate most of my own family and friends. But that doesn’t mean I won’t complain if I see some Christians (or anyone else, really) doing something I don’t like.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            I see you are trying to censor me? I thought you hate censorship. I guess you are becoming the very thing you claim to hate Don’t worry,I will no longer make post to you under any name you may come up with on this Christian site. But I will continue to pray. That will not stop.

          • Lily Of The Valley

            Excuse me? Censor you? I’m not trying to do that, I don’t even know how I could achieve that even if I wanted to. Presumably, someone at Christian News Network and/or Disqus would be the one doing that, not me. I was just responding to your comments about my post, where you were saying I was being hateful, and trying to explain that I wasn’t.

          • Lily Of The Valley

            “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are…..”

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            Dear Abba Father He is trying to use Your Word against me. I seek You Abba Father.In Christ Your Son for Protection over the Christian on this site that this person is coming against. In the Name of Your Son Jesus I pray. Amen.

          • Lily Of The Valley

            …for they love to pray standing in
            the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of
            men.

          • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

            Dear Abba Father. You know the person behind the username “LOTV” and what he is trying to do. I seek Your Will in the Name of Your Son Jesus.

          • Lily Of The Valley

            I have to add, about that censorship….as much as I sometimes disagree with censoring some of the comments I’ve seen them censor, and it even seems to me they sometimes don’t follow their own guidelines about that, it is after all, Christian News Network’s forum here. They do have the right to do such a thing. If you’ve got issues with that, take it up with them, not me. I’m not them, far from it.

          • Bob Johnson

            And a Catholic agency could refuse to place a child in a Protestant home. (Think Ireland.)

  • Well good.
    Sad that such a bill would even be necessary, but that is the world we live in now…

    • Railpirate

      And why should such a bill be Necessary at all. All it does is allow adoption centers to refuse to place kids in families because their religious convictions (Which mostly, But not solely affects LGBT adopting parents). – Basically prioritising the religious beliefs of the people running the adoption centers over the children getting adopted into stable homes.

  • Scotty Ragtop

    You go, man.

  • Railpirate

    I thought adoption was supposed to be for the benefit of children, not for the benefit of the beliefs of the adoption clinic owners. That makes me kind of sad.

    • Rhesus Peanut Buttercup

      Yes! I very much agree with you. Adoption is for the purpose of providing a loving and nurturing environment for children. The sexuality of the parents is really not relevant. The worst thing that happens is the child grows up having learned that loving parents are loving parents regardless of orientation.

  • robert boe

    The world hates Christian teachings so Christian in office need to protect it where ever and when ever thay can
    , because no one else will. We know that !

    • Lexical Cannibal

      And if I were to run an adoption agency that denied services to Christians, based on my own religiously held beliefs? Because that’s effectively what you’re asking for here; religious segregation.

      • Susan Perelka

        Isn’t that what freedom is all about. You can start your own adoption agencies and we can start ours.

        • Lily Of The Valley

          Imagine someone making that statement, but if it was something besides religion involved, like say….race. I imagine many people who supported racial segregation said things just like that. “You black people can have your own schools (or restaurants or whatever), etc.”

        • Bob Johnson

          It is also the matter that foster homes and adaption centers receive state and federal money.

  • SFBruce

    Governor Colyer can claim this bill isn’t discriminatory, but it clearly is. There’s no question that this was passed in anticipation of a same sex couple suing an adoption agency for sexual orientation discrimination. Even if you believe such discrimination is in the common good, it’s completely unnecessary. there is no state wide anti-discrimination based on sexual orientation, and only a few localities provide this protection. The vast majority of adoption agencies in Kansas were already free to turn same sex couples away. It’s tragic that children may be denied homes as a result of this.

  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, We come to Your throne of grace in time of need through Your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Help us LORD, from those who are attempting to keep us from proclaiming Your truth. From those who hearts are filled with hatred and will not live in peace with their neighbors. Grant us bold leaders, who will stand firm against those who are contentious in this nation. LORD, you told Joshua to not fear, and to be of good courage because You would fight for him. LORD, fight for us against those who are too strong for us. Let their own feet get caught in their own traps, which they are setting for the innocent. Rescue us, as You rescued Daniel and Mordecai. What they mean for our harm, turn it for good. You are a God Who is long-suffering, desiring all to come to repentance. Convict the hearts of those in darkness, reveal Jesus to them. Surround Your people with Your protection and provision against those in darkness, who gnash their teeth at us, trying to silence us from speaking Your truth. Help us LORD, we wait for YOU. Come quickly LORD, we need Your help. In Jesus Mighty Name, our beloved Lord and Savior. AMEN

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      In Jesus Name Amen

  • Since Christians are so set on micromanaging the lives of others, how would you control the lives of intersexuals? An intersexual couple could come in to adopt a child, but it is possible that you would not be able to tell their gender at all.

    In fact, a lesbian couple could apply to adopt a child but one is dressed as a man (and have male features and body language) such that you could not tell the difference but might suspect. How would you go about questioning them and controlling their lives? Shades of A Handmaid’s Tale.