Supreme Court Makes Huge Decision On Catholic Charity

( In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled last week that a Pennsylvania Roman Catholic charity may refuse on religious grounds to place foster children with same-sex couples.

The case stems from March 2018 when Philadelphia officials blocked Catholic Social Services and Bethany Christian Services from taking on much-needed foster care cases alleging the organizations violated the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Catholic Social Services and Bethany Christian Services only place foster children in homes with a mother and a father in accordance with their Christian beliefs.

Catholic Social Services had been working on foster care cases with the city for over fifty years. Rather than allow the Philadelphia to block them, CSS took the city to court asking that its contract be renewed.

The agency argued its constitutional right to free exercise of religion and free speech entitled it to turn down same-sex couples solely because they were same-sex couples.

The trial court disagreed and ruled in favor of Philadelphia. As did the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

So the case went to the Supreme Court.

The court’s ruling, written by Chief Justice Roberts, found the city had violated CSS’s First Amendment rights.

On hearing the news, Former Vice President Mike Pence praised the SCOTUS ruling calling it “a Victory for Catholic Social Services, Foster Care and for the Religious Freedom for Every American!”

Thomas More Society Vice President and senior counsel Thomas Olp said the court’s unanimous ruling underscored the reverence Justices have for the liberties established by the Founders.

However, not everyone was so sanguine.

Radical Left Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) claimed the case was “never about religious freedom” but instead was about “cruelly discriminating against LGBTQ+ parents.”

Jayapal accused the Supreme Court of granting “license to discriminate” then urged Congress to pass the “Equality Act.”

While it claims to simply amend the 1964 Civil Rights act to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and “gender identity,” the Equality Act, in reality would, according to the Heritage Foundation, force Americans to agree with government-imposed ideology “or be treated as an outlaw.” It would nullify religious exemptions, thereby violating the First Amendment rights of Americans.