DCF Wilts Under Pressure from FIC

You may or may not have read the Courant story about this yesterday, but the upshot is that the Department of Children and Families had a list of links to “open and affirming” churches that welcomed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

Naturally, the “Family” Institute of Connecticut felt that people who weren’t straight shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near Jesus, so they threatened a lawsuit claiming that the list violated the separation of church and state, something the FIC from time to time believes in. DCF, probably not wanting to deal with the hassle, took the site down.

The FIC is, after the quiet acceptance of the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage, an organization without much of a goal. Now they’re just randomly lashing out at the LGBT community wherever they can, so this particular attack isn’t all that surprising. They can’t really complain that this is the only example of religion creeping onto state websites, as Colin McEnroe points out (I also love his comparison of the FIC to the hapless Washington Nationals, and his description of them as “a loveable collection of pudding-armed meatballs”), but for some reason I doubt that there will be any other lawsuits threatened.

There is a good list of open and affirming churches here if anyone is interested. I don’t know if it’s the full list, of course.

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5 responses to “DCF Wilts Under Pressure from FIC

  1. Quite a bit of editorializing here. Not sure if you made it clear enough how you feel about the FIC. Apparently you feel that since these folks have an opposing, yet widely held viewpoint (http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=424) regarding government imposition into what is clearly an issue of morality which they strongly value, and the Supreme Court ruled against them; they should just shut up and go away, regardless of how controversial that ruling was. Quite frankly, regardless of your position on this issue; is it really the duty of DCF to provide marketing services (which is what the listing amounts to) for churches which embrace a particular ideology, to the exclusion of others? Come now, let us reason together.

  2. Quite a bit of editorializing here. Not sure if you made it clear enough how you feel about the FIC.

    Isn’t this a blog? Where you… you know… post opinions?

  3. AndersonScooper

    Watch the FIC’s Matt Daly catch fire in his quixotic bid against Courtney.

    I’m betting the Tea Party’ing Daria Novak gets the nod at the GOP convention.

    Will the homophobic Daly force a primary? So much hanging in the balance…

  4. AndersonScooper

    Clarification: I don’t expect Daly to catch fire with his anti-gay, anti-choice agenda.

    In fact, I anticipate CT-02 Republicans will instead embrace Daria’s anti-tax campaign.

  5. Clarification: I don’t expect Daly to catch fire with his anti-gay, anti-choice agenda.

    Scooper, I know it may be a big deal to you but I don’t think people care about the gay issue one way or the other. The big factor in the 2010 election will be the Obama economic depression. So far, Obama’s promise of change looks like a fairytale. His declining polls numbers prove that and they will only get worse if the economy doesn’t turn. If not, Democrats will pay dearly at the polls next November.

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