Canada cuts all non-Christian prison chaplains

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TORONTO (RNS) The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons as a cost-cutting measure, saying non-Christians inmates will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel. By Ron Csillag.

  • Rev. Roger Wolsey

    This is a really bad idea eh?

  • Roger Wolsey

    This is a very bad idea eh?

    Seriously, Canada is an increasingly diverse nation and their chaplains should reflect that diversity. This decision isn’t nice — and in my experience Canadians are very nice. Hope they’re not too nice to protest against this new policy.

    author, “Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity”

  • John McGrath

    Why can’t there be generic clergy, able to perform for any faith and reconcile the contradictions between all the faiths?

  • jcmmanuel

    I’m not sure if this isn’t a joke. But if it isn’t then I guess fundamentalism has been slipping into some (more) Canadian minds over there.

  • Amy

    When God created the first human, he produced more than just a body with a brain. Further, God did not create Adam and Eve to be mindless robots. He implanted in them the faculty of FREE WILL. And that was a fine gift, for “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Yes, “perfect is his activity.” (Deuteronomy 32:4) All of us appreciate this GIFT OF Free WILL because we do not want all our thoughts and actions dictated to us without ever having a choice in anything.
    However, was the fine gift of free will to be used without limits? In directions given to early Christians, God’s Word answers: “Be as free people, and yet holding your freedom, not as a blind for badness, but as slaves of God.” (1 Peter 2:16) For the common good, there must be boundaries. Hence, free will was to be regulated by the rule of law. Otherwise, anarchy would result
    The Bible assures us that “God is love.”