I’m hoping that the new administration will overturn this sort of lunacy. The Nanny State is now telling you who you can and can’t hire to actually be a Nanny.
The Parental Rights Foundation, on behalf of a Virginia family, today sued Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, challenging a new Virginia statute that says parents may not consider religion when hiring a babysitter.
Jane and Scott adopted their daughter, M.W., in 2015. Because M.W. has medical conditions, the couple has hired babysitters to help with her care for several hours each week, helping her get ready for school, driving her to and from school, and supervising her after school.
It is important to this family that the babysitters they hire share and support their beliefs as Christians. “We are Christians and are looking for a likeminded caregiver,” they said regularly in advertisements for the position.
The Virginia Human Rights Act did not apply to babysitters until it was amended earlier this year. Not only does it now forbid taking religion into account when hiring a babysitter, it also prohibits parents from including this preference in their advertisements.
“Virginia has taken the phrase ‘nanny state’ to an absurd extreme,” said James R. Mason, president of the Parental Rights Foundation. “Virginia has no legitimate interest in telling parents who to hire to babysit their children.”
On behalf of Jane and Scott’s family, Parental Rights Foundation is asking the Circuit Court in Richmond to declare the amended Human Rights Act to be in violation of the Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
What level of crazy must you be attempting to attain if you specifically pass an amendment that says regular people can’t hire a baby sitter or nanny of their choice? It truly boggles the mind.
The left says it’s for freedom of worship but it’s clearly against Christians practicing their religion in their daily lives. You can not be a baker and a Christian. You can not be a wedding photographer and a Christian. You can not be a federal judge and a Christian. And they also want to tell Catholic and/or Christian schools they can’t hire and fire for mission.
And now you can’t even parent the way you want to parent and be a Christian. Pray that this family wins. Pray that this new administration in Virginia ends this leftist madness.