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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 04/14/2010

ACLU: Foster mom told to serve pork

By Washington Post editors

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says a Muslim woman's application to be a foster mother was rejected because she does not allow pork in her home.

Officials with the Maryland ACLU said Wednesday they have filed a complaint with the Baltimore City Community Relations Commission over the incident.

According to the ACLU, the Baltimore woman assured representatives of Contemporary Family Services that she would honor the religious beliefs of any child in her care, but the agency denied her application over her objections to having pork products in her home.

Officials with Contemporary Family Services, a private agency authorized by the state to certify foster families, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Tags:  American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Baltimore, Foster care, Maryland, Maryland ACLU  
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Got to wonder if they apply the same requirements to Jewish families. Or vegans.

Posted by: bsteinbach | April 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The foster mother's comment (re abiding by the religious beliefs of the child) is bizarre. Certainly abstaining from pork is a religious requirement for many, but I am unaware of any religion for which consumption of pork is a requirement. I am at a loss to understand the basis for this decision and can only assume it's anti-Muslim prejudice on the part of Contemporary Family Services. It would have been nice to have a bit more info re them: are they a state agency? County? Private? Christian?

Posted by: 7900rmc | April 14, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I can understand if she said she would only raise the child vegan or something, but seriously.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | April 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This is a misleading headline. It says that the potential foster mother was told to serve pork, but the story indicates that her application was denied because she didn't serve pork in her home. Big difference.

Posted by: linroy62 | April 14, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Pork is the other white meat, right

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 14, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

@ bsteinbach This story is about me and when i got DENIED i asked this question cause i have friends that are Jewish..and the response was that if they were Jewsish and OPEN MINDED then yes they would be approved...

@ 7900rmc Contemporary Family services are a private agency that are lisenced thur the state of Maryland..

Posted by: equalrights_forall | April 14, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

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