“True it is, They that are born of the flesh, hate and persecute them that are born of the spirit.” William Penn, Chapter One, VII~
His statue stands atop the great structure in the center of Philadelphia–City Hall. William Penn understood what many of us are just figuring out. The world will never understand nor appreciate our deeply held, uncompromising convictions.
And their disdain for our views trumps even the appearance of compassion. A voice of false compassion casts aside victims unrelated to its intended target.
The Daily Signal reports that days after making an urgent plea on behalf of 300 homeless orphans of the opioid crisis, Philadelphia ended its placement relationship with Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services. Because those agencies hold Christian convictions and will not place children with unmarried or LGBT couples, they can no longer place children at all.
In the Keystone State in 2015, more than half of the 16,000 kids in foster care had been removed from their homes because of “parental drug use.” Philadelphia ranks second in deaths by overdose out of 44 counties in the US with populations greater than one million.
The need is indeed great, and there are many, but not enough, ways to meet it.
When a lesbian couple showed up at Bethany Christian Services to be trained as foster parents, the agency was “up-front” with them. Bethany would not place children in their home. But the agency didn’t just politely say no; they provided the names of other agencies the couple could work with.
Bethany could keep its religious convictions and the gay couple could still foster, perhaps even adopt.
But that’s not good enough for the city of brotherly love.
From Rod Dreher: “[O]n LGBT issues, the cultural left is driven by anti-Christian spite that they would even see orphaned children — including children with severe medical disabilities that no one [else] wants to care for — and the families who want to love and care for them suffer rather than yield a single inch.”
This issue is about more than religious freedom–much more. What will happen to the children no one else is willing to care for? Such children are often identified and “eliminated” in the womb today. But the children in foster care are already born.
One possibility is a children’s home that still exists near Philadelphia.
But it’s only for boys over 12 years of age. And who knows what government entity may swoop in someday and forbid the placement of young men in the St. Francis-St. Joseph Home for Children run by the Philadelphia Diocese of the Catholic Church.
In a society that shuts out God and already disposes of inconvenient unborn children, we may find children continuing to dwell in families of abuse and neglect.
Or facing the predatory nature of the streets alone.
And that in a city whose name means brotherly love.
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