Editor’s Note: Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is the author of “Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity.” Maggie Siddiqi is the senior director of religion and faith at the Center for American Progress, where Graves-Fitzsimmons is a fellow. The views expressed in this commentary are their own. View more opinion articles on CNN.

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Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram, a Tennessee couple, were denied access to a state-sponsored foster parent certification program because they are Jewish. The rationale? The foster agency they applied to claims that they should be allowed to turn away Jewish people because they are a Christian adoption agency.

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