AU President and CEO Rachel Laser told the Associated Press, "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. Aimee isn’t the right kind of Christian, so they don’t serve her.”
In West Virginia, teachers went on strike yesterday to protest a bill that would establish 'education savings accounts' – a type of voucher plan – in the state. Within hours, the House of Delegates voted to table the bill.
Aimee Maddonna, a Catholic mother of three, was rejected by Miracle Hill Ministries, a taxpayer-funded foster care agency in South Carolina, solely because she is not "the right kind of Christian." Americans United won’t allow the narrow religious beliefs of a government-funded agency to override the best interest of America’s most vulnerable children or our fundamental principle of religious freedom.
Americans United today led a broad coalition of more than 100 national organizations in denouncing the Trump administration’s recent decision to allow taxpayer-funded foster care agencies in South Carolina to reject any parents or volunteers they deem to be the “wrong” religion.
U.S. Rep. Steve King also has a long history of promoting that movement’s pet ideas. In 2002, while a member of the Iowa legislature, King introduced a bill requiring that public schools teach that the United States derives its strength from 'Christianity, free enterprise capitalism and Western civilization.'