Sunday, June 04, 2006

Prison Ministries ruled unconstitutional [link]

Ok, so it is unconstitutional to have prison programs preaching Christianity to prisoners. let's just leave the preaching to the Islamo-Nazi-terrorist-wannabes and gangsters. Here is an excerpt from the NY Times report:

A federal judge in Iowa ruled Friday that a state-financed evangelical Christian program to help inmates re-enter society was "pervasively sectarian" and violated the separation of church and state.

The decision has set the stage for an appeals process that is expected to explore more broadly the constitutionality of the Bush administration's religion-based initiative programs, according to plaintiffs, defendants and legal experts.

Prison programs run by religious groups have increased over the last decade or so, as policy makers, prison and law enforcement officials and prisoner advocates have focused on the high rates of recidivism when inmates return to society, said Robert Tuttle, a law professor at George Washington University who is an expert on religion-based initiatives. Proponents of such programs in prisons have said that the transformative experience of religion can counter recidivism.

It is almost as if the liberals in our society WANT our nation and our society to commit suicide! The only thing that liberals want prisoners to learn in prison is how to be better at committing crimes.

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is an evil man. He calls himself a Christian, but he opposes the actual spread of Christianity. Mind you, I am not a Christian, I am a very secular JEW! But I recognize that faith is an important component in living a civilized life. I have no problem with government sponsored and paid for programs that promote Christianity as long as I am not being forced to convert (and as long as Jewish and other faiths can have similar programs).

Some people are so cynical or so afraid of religion that they cannot bear to see it anywhere...they want it stamped out of public life. But, if we say that there is no God, then WE become our own god. Or, as many wise men have said, "Without God, all things are permissible."

Hopefully, the Court of Appeals (and perhaps even the Supreme Court) will have a different perspective and will overrule the District Court. If not, well, I can only take solace in the fact that I do not have any children...because the world would truly be going to hell (or, to be precise, turning INTO hell).


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