Mother Says Agency Won’t Let Her Foster Kids Because She’s ‘Not the Right Kind of Christian.’
Aimee Maddonna says that a federally funded foster agency operating in South Carolina has stopped working with her and will not allow her to be a foster parent because she’s “not the right kind of Christian.”
In the lawsuit filed yesterday, Maddonna and her lawyers claim Miracle Hill Ministries is discriminating against non-Protestants, and intends to challenge a waiver that was granted to the agency this year.
This is not the first time they’ve under fire for denying services to families they didn’t agree with.
Maddonna claims that Miracle Hill encouraged her to become a foster parent but when it became obvious she was a Catholic, they suddenly cut ties with her.
In an interview, she stated: “I wanted to open up my family and my home to kids in need,” Maddonna said. “I have the view that every child has the ability to enrich the lives of adults around them, too.”
She was then asked to give the name of the church she attends.
“By the name, you can tell it’s a Catholic parish,” Maddonna said. She says the Miracle Hill representative “immediately responded back with, ‘I’m sorry, we only employ volunteers and mentors who are Protestant Christian.'”
“I’ve never considered myself a religious minority until that moment,” Maddonna said. “I had to tell my kids that, because we’re Catholic, we can’t take these kids out for ice cream and cheer them on at their games. I was devastated.”
Miracle Hill has received nearly $600,000 in both state and federal funding, according to the organizations president.
“This is a problem that the government has caused. If Miracle Hill were a private entity not accepting state and federal money, then they could decide with their private money whom they served,” Rachel Laser – president and CEO for Americans United for Separation of Church and State said. “Aimee isn’t the right kind of Christian, so they don’t serve her.”
Maddonna recently reached out to Miracle Hill again, to see whether their policy had changed, but she said she received no response.
“When most people think of people being turned away, they think of equally despicable circumstances where a gay couple or a Jewish couple is turned away,” Maddonna said. “If you don’t protect the rights of everybody, it sets a precedent that will eventually touch on you.”
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