Catholic Woman Sues South Carolina and Department of Health and Human Services Over Non-Discrimination Waiver for Christians-Only Foster Care Agency

A Catholic woman is suing South Carolina and the federal government, claiming she was denied the opportunity to volunteer or foster at a Christians-only agency because she’s not Protestant.

Miracle Hill Ministries was granted an exemption last month to a federal HHS anti-discrimination rule implemented under the Obama administration that would have shut down the agency.

The waiver Miracle Hill received from the Trump administration, at the behest of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, allowed it to continue operating as long as it referred non-Christian parents to other agencies.

On Friday, however, Americans United for Separation of Church and State released a statement saying that Aimee Maddonna, a Catholic mother from Simpsonville, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Greenville Division against the HHS and South Carolina demanding that Miracle Hill’s exemption be revoked.

“The exemption violates the equal-protection guarantee of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because it has both the purpose and effect of discriminating impermissibly on the basis of religion,” read one of the counts in the complaint.

Maddonna claims that Miracle Hill discriminated against her by not allowing her to volunteer and foster through their program because she’s Catholic rather than evangelical Protestant.

“Mrs. Maddonna clearly understood that she and her family were ineligible to be trained by or receive placements from Miracle Hill because they are Catholic,” continued the suit.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski