November 2, 2011
Illinois's War on Religious Freedom
Joel Hannahs, World Magazine
The state of Illinois this year ended a 46-year public-private foster care partnership with the Evangelical Child and Family Association. Faced with a new requirement to refer children to civil union couples, the association decided not to alter its founding purposes, and the state severed ties with the association in a Sept. 7 letter.
As a result, the Wheaton, Ill., association lost approximately 70 percent of its prior foster care work, transferring 242 children’s cases to two organizations, along with two-thirds of its staff and two of its three Illinois offices.
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