I see that you're more willing to blame me than to blame yourself.
No...what I'm saying is the following: The State does not have laws that state "Catholic oragnizations aren't allowed to be adoption agencies" It has laws that state "Anyone providing adoption services must abide by the regulations of that social program, including anti-discrimination laws."
Obviously that's not the actual verbiage, but you should get the idea. It's the church's choice as to whether or not it wants to abide by the anti-discrimination laws. If it chooses not to honor the law then it's not allowed to be an aoption agency. It's not the state's fault that they don't want to operate legally. The state is not directly prohibiting Catholics from being adoption agencies, they're prohibiting law breakers from being adoption agency...you're basiclly saying..."The law shouldn't apply to us"
We make a law that says, "You cannot speak out against the Republican party in the United States in public."
See how that works? You still have freedom of speech. You can stay in your own home and say anything you want.
If, on the other hand, you wish to interact with the rest of society, well, you've got to obey the laws man.
|Except when doing so violates the laws of a government regulated social service.|
|And that is a primary reason I'm against religion. You are a perfect example of what can happen to a person when they live their life denying themselves. You engineer your conclusions in reverse.|
|You've got a predefined set of values that you must make the rest of your world view conform to...bound to only those activities, opinions, and positions that are in line with with your self imposed regulations....those are chains man.|
I could easily respond, "You too!" but where would that get us?
|You are the one redefining what it means to practice religion by saying that functiong as an adoption agency is part of it....it's not. It's a social service, not a church service.|
By no stretch of the imagination can one argue that this is freedom. Just as it would not be freedom to say one can speak as they wish, as long as it is in their own home. Hogwash.