• April 13, 2024

Kentucky Prison Chaplins Are Told They Cannot Say Homosexuality Is A Sin Or Else

I know what some of you are going to argue. The Commonwealth of Kentucky is not telling preachers they can’t preach 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. They can do that in their churches all they want, no problem. But if they want to work in the prisons on behalf of the commonwealth, they have to agree not to go there. It’s not about the right to freedom of religion. It’s about your right to a gig with the commonwealth.

That’s your argument. And the fact that you believe it is really the best argument against the expansive scope of big government that I can possibly think of. First, here are the details from Todd Starnes:

Chaplain David Wells was told he could either sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or else the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice would revoke his credentials.

“We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told me in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister – ending 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

“We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication to the youth served by this facility,” wrote Superintendent Gene Wade in a letter to Wells. “However, due to your decision, based on your religious convictions, that you cannot comply with the requirements outlined in DJJ Policy 912, Section IV, Paragraph H, regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth, I must terminate your involvement as a religious volunteer.”

Wells said that every volunteer in their church received the letter – as did a Baptist church in a nearby community.

The Kentucky regulation clearly states that volunteers working with juveniles “shall not refer to juveniles by using derogatory language in a manner that conveys bias towards or hatred of the LGBTQI community. DJJ staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The goal of the left at the moment is establish that freedom of religion only applies inside the church building. You can say whatever you want at your services, but your freedom to practice it ends when you walk out those doors if what you say, think, believe or do conflicts with what secular leftists think is acceptable. (They’ll get around to attacking what happens inside the church building when they’re ready to start using the tax code for that purpose. Don’t worry. It’s coming.)

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