Editor’s Note: This article confirms what I’ve always said, and that is if you believe in neutrality in life, morality, law or politics, you believe in a myth. There is no such thing. You are either seeking to obey God or move away from Him. Someone’s morality will always be legislated or imposed….always.
Even when discussing religious oaths with Christians, there is opposition. Many fear the idea of having confessional speech or promises for a person to serve. But what we are finding out is that this is a short-sighted view. It is short-sighted because we could never have imagined what our culture would become or what we might be faced with. And though we feel as though we are unfair to the unbeliever and making him feel like a second-class citizen, we are finding that he does not suffer from such compunction.
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.
The reason for this restriction has little to do with saving the feelings of the juvenile. There is no case of sodomite bashing that has prompted such a restriction. No complaints that prompted the legislature to make laws. Rather, this has to do with cutting Christians out of having a part in this service.
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.
Rather than have a man acquainted with the issues these juveniles are having to deal with and overcome, they choose to put in his place someone who will toe the PC line. This has more to do with political pandering and fear than the care of the troubled youths.
“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.”
Again, Wells has not said or done anything to prompt such a decision. There have been no reports of Wells or any of the volunteers addressing the issue of sodomy with their counselee. So, why this preemptive policy move?
“There is no question there is a purging underway,” [Mat] Staver told me. “The dissenters in the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage warned us this would happen.”
Staver is demanding the state immediately reinstate Wells as well as the other volunteer ministers.
“By restricting speech which volunteers are allowed to use while ministering to youth detainees, the State of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice have violated the protections given to private speech through the First Amendment and the Kentucky Constitution,” Staver wrote in his letter to state officials.
Staver hits the nail squarely on the head. This is a move to eliminate Christian influence in the juvenile penal system. This is a situation that points clearly to the banishment of Christian thought in public America.
When we say no to religious tests, then the ungodly decide for us what the test should be, and we will fail every time.