Supreme Court Upholds Religious Freedom in Foster Parent Case – Fulton v Philadelphia


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on June 17, 2021 | Sundance | 69 Comments

Philadelphia city leadership had previously changed policies forbidding foster-care referrals to faith-based worship groups.  The far-left Philadelphia government officials had expressed their ‘woke’ advocacy by blocking Catholic Social Services (CSS), an organization associated with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and foster parents from providing services due to their outlook on traditional marriage.

Two foster parents and CSS sued the city for discrimination alleging the policy violated their first amendment right to their religious belief.  Two lower courts ruled against Catholic Social Services, reflecting just how politicized the local and state judiciary has become.  However, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with CSS and the parents in a 9-0 ruling [full pdf here], affirming that Philadelphia was factually discriminating against the group based on their religious beliefs.

However, as noted by SCOTUS Blog – […] “the decision fell short of the broad endorsement of religious freedom that the challengers had sought. While the justices unanimously agreed with CSS and the foster parents that the city’s action was unconstitutional, a six-justice majority left intact the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, which held that government actions do not violate the Constitution’s free exercise clause as long as they are neutral and apply to everyone.”

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