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    Chaplains banned from preaching that homosexuality is a sin

    -It wasn’t so much a choice as it was a demand.

    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.

    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 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.”

    For years, Wells and his team have conducted volunteer worship services and counseling to troubled young people – many of whom have been abused...

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/...?intcmp=hplnws

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    I'm shocked I tell you, shocked!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOT.

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    Chaplains are government employees aren't they ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatchyUsername View Post
    I'm shocked I tell you, shocked!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOT.
    you too??!

    (glad to see you)

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    Thank you, dahling! Good to see you. Hope you and your beautiful family are well!

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    you too??!

    (glad to see you)

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    Nope. Not necessarily at all.

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    Chaplains are government employees aren't they ?

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    But at least the inmates are under government jurisdiction.

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    Yes. But chaplains get their training from their denominations or whatever other accredited chaplaincy training is available. However, there has never, in the history of the nation, any sort of governmental interference with regard to preaching the gospel and what can and can't be said. I mean, we have muslim clerics doing all sorts of anti-US type of "proselytizing" in jails, and we have native Americans doing peyote in their religious services.

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    But at least the inmates are under government jurisdiction.

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    I understand. But at least it isn't a matter of restricting freedom of speech in general, outside of government run institutions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel View Post
    I understand. But at least it isn't a matter of restricting freedom of speech in general, outside of government-run institutions.
    Are you being serious, here? Why would you say that?

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