Jesus said we could serve either God or the world, but not both, and Republican leaders in Georgia are rapidly proving his point. Just ask yourself where your priorities lie on one issue — adoption. Should a child in state care have as many paths available to him for adoption and foster care or should a gay person have as many paths available to him to adopt or foster a child?
Some would say that makes a complex issue too simple, but that is actually what is at stake in the coming legislative session. The state’s adoption and foster care laws badly need updating. The bureaucratic process, commendably designed to protect children, often does more harm than good and cannot process a child quickly enough to place that child in a loving home.
But Republican leaders in the state, pushed by liberal interests, want to reform adoption laws and prohibit any faith based non-profit from helping the state place children unless such non-profit abandons its faithful views on marriage. There are many, many groups in Georgia through which a gay person can go to adopt a child. But there are several faith based groups that will only adopt into a married household and those groups define a married household as a man and woman. And liberal — stop right there — the answer to your question is “yes,” several of these groups will not adopt into second marriage relationships.
One might think that since the Constitution of the United States plainly states that the “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” the so-called Republican constitutionalists in Georgia would not pass a law requiring Christians to abandon their values in order to participate with the state.
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We now know from a Rolling Stone magazine interview that the outrage from gay rights activists about the Religious Liberty Restoration Act in Georgia was actually a paid operation headquartered in Colorado. Many of the supposedly local activists were actually out-of-state protestors pretending. But this same group has intimidated our Republican leaders who have concluded it is far more important to stop a Christian adoption agency from placing a child into a home than it is to have as many qualified adoption and foster agencies as possible. The needs of the gay would-be parent outweigh the needs of a child to find a home.
Republican leaders in Georgia talk a really good game about their faith. One would be hard pressed to find a Republican leader in Georgia who cannot pronounce Jesus with four rolled syllables as he also pronounces his love of babies, apple pie, and the gospel. But Republican politicians in Georgia love money and the world far more.
They want to attract Amazon to Georgia by paying the multinational company your tax dollars to locate a second corporate headquarters here. As an additional bribe, they want to make sure your religious values are pushed aside. You will get no protections from the state for your religious liberty and your favorite Christian charity will not be able to help the state unless it abandons its values to look just like the Christian leaders in charge of Georgia’s government.
All the while, the children they claim they want to help get left by the wayside — victims in the culture war. And the sad fact is that most gay adults in Georgia are actually fine with allowing Christian adoption agencies to help the state even if they cannot adopt from those agencies, but Georgia’s Republican leaders do not care.
Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.