After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency. Since the Burkes were young, scandal-free and solvent, they had no trouble with the New Jersey Bureau of Children’s Servicesâ€”until investigators came to the line on the application that asked for the couple’s religious affiliation.John Burke, an atheist, and his wife, a pantheist, had left the line blank. As a result, the bureau denied the Burkes’ application.
It’s hard to believe that in the year 2009, we still have bigoted anti-freedom assholes out there that just want to shit all over everyone’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Â According to the TIME article, the case is currently pending appeal, but why should it even have gotten that far?
The judge responsible for withholding approval needs to be smacked on the wrists, and hard, to make an example of those in power that feel they have the authority to push their religious doctrine on other people.