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ACLU: victory over religious group denying services to trafficking victims

March 27, 2012

“The court ruled that it was unconstitutional for HHS to allow USCCB to place religiously based restrictions on the use of taxpayer dollars. As the court explained, this case “is about the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others (who may or may not share them).”

This is what Separation of Church and State is about: it’s not about restricting what religious groups can do with their OWN money, on their OWN time, and when they are not infringing on other people’s rights and beliefs. It’s about making sure that when religious organizations do get assistance, resources and YOUR tax money from the government, they don’t use it to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. The government should not be funding religious discrimination, and cannot use tax money to promote one religion’s belief over another: this is why the government must not contract with religious foster care organizations that oppose placing children with same-sex couples (as happened in Illinois), and this is why the government must not grant money to groups that will deny essential healthcare to the people who need it the most.

The church can continue its discriminatory practices on its own dime: separation of Church and State requires that YOUR tax money doesn’t fund it.

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