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-Kentucky: Pro-Homosexual Religious Test for Volunteer Ministers for Juvenile Offenders

by Dr. D ~ July 25th, 2015

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Pastors who volunteer to minister and counsel in juvenile detention centers in Kentucky must now sign a state-mandated letter of agreement that homosexuality is not ‘sinful.’ At least one pastor who refused to sign the agreement has been dismissed. Here’s the story from WND:

The state of Kentucky has begun imposing a religious test on volunteer pastor counselors in its youth division, insisting that they refrain from calling homosexuality “sinful” and dismissing those who cannot bend their religious faith to accommodate the state requirements.

The policy was uncovered by Liberty Counsel, which has sent a letter to Bob Hayter, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, demanding that the state religious test be dropped and that a dismissed counselor be reinstated.

“Liberty Counsel writes regarding the blatantly unconstitutional revocation of volunteer prison minister status of ordained Christian minister David Wells, who has provided voluntary spiritual counseling and mentorship to juvenile inmates under the control of the Department of Juvenile Justice. … This revocation was issued by Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center on the basis of the April 4, 2014, DJJ Policy 912, which mandates full DJJ support of homosexuality and transvestism.

“With no evidence of any violation of DJJ policy on Mr. Wells’ part, his volunteer status was revoked by the Warren RJDC superintendent because he could not sign a state-mandated statement that homosexuality was not ‘sinful,’ among other things,” the letter said.

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Response: This cannot be allowed to stand. This is tantamount to the establishment of an official government ‘religious teaching’ when it comes to homosexuality. In this case Pastor Wells was dismissed because he could not sign the policy letter and not because he was ever actually accused of violating the policy.

This policy would eliminate most Christian pastors and ministers from volunteer ministry in Kentucky juvenile facilities. A real loss for the state and the kids in particular.

I wonder if Muslim imams are also forced to sign on to this same policy. I doubt it. I would bet almost anything that none of the Muslim volunteers have ever even been asked about their teaching on homosexuality.               *Top

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2 Responses to -Kentucky: Pro-Homosexual Religious Test for Volunteer Ministers for Juvenile Offenders

  1. Brian

    Kentucky is also directing any clerk/judge who will not issue gay marriage licenses/perform gay marriages to either start doing so or to resign.

    The constitution contains a clause (Article VI, Clause 3) that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The XIV Amendment applied that clause to the various states, including Kentucky.

    However, that appears to be exactly what Kentucky is doing.

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