Contextual Libertarianism

Some readers have objected to my post yesterday. They argue that the Catholic adoption agencies in Britain receive government money, and if they do, it is not a denial of religious liberty for the government to attach conditions to that money. I'm not completely clear on the precise financing of Catholic adoption charities in Britain, but if that's the case, it does indeed change the dynamic. It's the same issue as the Boy Scouts. I'm all for their right as a private association to discriminate against gays, but not if they are the recipient of government aid and privilege. The always-insightful Arthur Silber had a very good treatment of this issue on his blog a couple of years back which a reader pointed me toward. Enjoy.