The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today urged voters and other concerned residents in that state to call Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to voice opposition to a bill that would allow religious discrimination by organizations receiving state funding for child placement services.
The Michigan Senate yesterday passed House Bill 4188, an act that would grant child placement agencies the right to object to placing children in particular foster homes based on their religious or moral convictions. This bill would, if it becomes law, allow broad discretion for organizations receiving state funding to discriminate against placing children with appropriate foster families based on subjective criteria.
CAIR has provided a “click and send” letter for Michigan state residents to urge Governor Snyder not to sign House Bill 4188 into law as it would allow discretion of placement agencies to deny placing children in suitable foster care homes based on moral subjectivity.
“It is inappropriate for agencies receiving state funding to have the ability to discriminate as to how children are placed in foster care homes based on subjective religious or moral convictions,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We simply cannot trust the goodwill of organizations to place children in suitable homes for their overall well-being in which those entities could have religious and political biases against certain segments of the population.”
Walid said Muslim children in Michigan have been placed in homes of people of other faiths in which Islamic norms have been ignored. If this bill becomes law, state-funded agencies could continue this practice based on anti-Muslim prejudice.
For more information, contact CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842.1418, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.