A Canadian law firm is accusing a government adoption agency of discriminating against a Christian couple who wanted to become foster parents. During an interview at the agency, a social worker asked the couple questions regarding their religious beliefs, including whether his church “still believes in some of the more outdated parts of the Bible.” The man being interviewed responded that his church believes and adheres to all of the Bible. The social worker then commented that her son who is gay had been told by churches in the past that homosexuality is a sin.
The man explained that whilst the Bible does identify homosexual behaviour as a “sin,” all people are created in the image of God and are worthy of respect, dignity, and honor. He further explained that, in accordance with their beliefs, he and his wife would provide any child in their care with unconditional love, respect, and compassion regardless of the child’s sexuality. But since he wouldn’t deny the Bible, his answer still wasn’t good enough. Six months later, the couple received a letter informing them that their application to become foster parents had been denied.
The letter stated, “The policies of our agency do not fit with your values and beliefs and therefore, we are unable to move forward with approval for your family as a resources home.” The couple asked what “values and beliefs” had disqualified them. The social worker responded that Child Services’ policy conflicted with the couple’s views regarding homosexuality. The Justice Centre is demanding that the agency end religious discrimination against the couple and reverse its decision. The couple’s lawyer John Carpay said “The government has no right to say that someone can’t become an adoptive parent because they’re Muslim, Jewish or Christian,” he said.
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