I Thought Discrimination Was Supposed To Be Dead....

.... I know, naive of me.

A little article I was reading.......

"After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency. Since the Burkes were young, scandal-free and solvent, they had no trouble with the New Jersey Bureau of Children's Services—until investigators came to the line on the application that asked for the couple's religious affiliation.

John Burke, an atheist, and his wife, a pantheist, had left the line blank. As a result, the bureau denied the Burkes' application. After the couple began court action, however, the bureau changed its regulations, and the couple was able to adopt a baby boy from the Children's Aid and Adoption Society in East Orange.

Last year the Burkes presented their adopted son, David, now 3 1/2, with a baby sister, Eleanor Katherine, now 17 months, whom they acquired from the same East Orange agency. Since the agency endorsed the adoption, the required final approval by a judge was expected to be pro forma. Instead, Superior Court Judge William Camarata raised the religious issue.

Inestimable Privilege. In an extraordinary decision, Judge Camarata denied the Burkes' right to the child because of their lack of belief in a Supreme Being. Despite the Burkes' "high moral and ethical standards," he said, the New Jersey state constitution declares that "no person shall be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshiping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience." Despite Eleanor Katherine's tender years, he continued, "the child should have the freedom to worship as she sees fit, and not be influenced by prospective parents who do not believe in a Supreme Being."

The Burkes are now living in Carterville, Ill., near Southern Illinois University, where John Burke has worked for the past year as a speech pathologist. Nevertheless, Judge Camarata ordered the parents to send David's sister back to the New Jersey adoption agency. Two weeks ago, aided by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Burkes appealed directly to the New Jersey Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. If they fail in their appeal, Eleanor Katherine may have to leave the only family she has ever known and await adoption by another couple whose religious convictions satisfy the State of New Jersey."

Is this seriously what it's like over there? Jeez.....

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Comment by George Whitney on September 5, 2009 at 6:47pm
Of all the backward, silly stuff going on in this right wing religious country, this surprises me not at all. Small wonder the rest of the world is taking over our positions of preeminence in science and medicine. The weight of all this ignorance is pulling us back to the 50's.
Comment by Rooker on September 5, 2009 at 11:11pm
That's from a Time Magazine article written forty years ago.
Comment by NameInVain on September 6, 2009 at 12:11pm
I know this is an old article - I'm just using examples. And Hey, if Christians can quote from a book as old as the Bible...... then there's no problem
Comment by DeSwiss on September 6, 2009 at 12:24pm
I remember when this happened. Luckily the judge's decision was reversed by the NJ Supreme Court.

http://www.americanadoptions.com/adoption/article_view?article_id=2435&state=NJ&court_case=1
Comment by NameInVain on September 6, 2009 at 12:27pm
Thank the Big Bang some people have some sense. Thanks for the link DeSwiss

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