We had something similar to that here in our state a few years ago, actually when I was still in the state Legislature. Gov. Bredesen was the Governor at that time, and he had a commissioner of his children’s services that was not allowing children to go to the Baptist Children’s Homes to be able to have their foster care there.
It was just really curious to me, and I called her and I talked to her about that, Commissioner Miller, and she said it was because they were Christian. And I said, So? And she said, Well, it would be inappropriate if we would send a child that was of a, let’s say, Muslim faith or Jewish faith to the Baptist Children’s Home. And I said, Of course that would be ridiculous. That would be wrong on your part to put a child in the wrong home, in the wrong environment.
But this is just ludicrous to say that someone wouldn’t have a religious right, an organization have a religious right of conscience to be able to say when they place a child in a home, it would be according to what their beliefs were. And so, I would just be very upset. And after dealing with the commissioner and many conversations, she released that rule to say that the children couldn’t go to the Baptist Children’s Home.
Children are waiting for good, permanent families, for a forever family. To think that you would keep them from going into a religious home that would provide them a forever family that was solid and loving would just boggle my mind. And I would tell you, if that ever happens here in the state of Tennessee, I will definitely step in as the Governor and straighten that one out.