Religious freedom fosters stronger families.
Religions advocate for chaste relationships, which lead to more stable homes with committed parents.
Adoption agencies supported and run by churches or other religious groups have run into conflicts with local laws, which has prevented these adoption agencies to continue. Some religiously affiliated agencies "refuse to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples who cohabit." Due to this refusal, these agencies have voluntarily gone or have been driven out of business. This results in fewer adoption agencies able to help families expand and fewer children being placed in homes.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty," Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm.
6. Religious freedom helps establish strong societies, families, and individuals
Why is religious freedom generally important?
Religious organizations often help those who have no other resources (including from the government) get the help they need.
"Although freedom of religion can come up against other laws and come in conflict with other policies of a nation, a broad application of freedom of religion allows for the benefits that religious organizations can bring to a community to flourish. For example, 'several states have recently passed laws that forbid what the government deems 'harboring' of undocumented immigrants,' but the churches consider the action as caring for the immigrant’s religious needs. Most Rev. Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile, stated that the law in Alabama limited the church’s ability to 'baptize, hear the confession of, celebrate the anointing of the wick with, or preach the word of God to, an undocumented immigrant.' There were also limits on giving counsel in times of difficulty and in preparation for marriage. Where the churches could be a support system for undocumented individuals and assist them in improving their family relationships, overcoming addictions, or better practicing religious beliefs, the churches are limited in their ability to help such people become contributors to society." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty," Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm.