Kentucky is once again in the news, and once again it is for defending the rights of homosexuals and standing up against religious bigotry.
Earlier this month, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told county clerks to either issue marriage licenses or resign from the jobs. Now a recently uncovered document for the Department of Juvenile Justice states that volunteers and others “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.”
This is great news. Pastors have been volunteering to offer counseling to the youth in the DJJ system, and the state has put in place safeguards to protect these children. But of course, those like Ken Ham see this rule as an attack on religious freedom, especially after one such pastor was terminated for breaking the policy.
The story was uncovered by Liberty Counsel as part of a story by Bob Unruh on the fundamentalist website WND, whose false headline implies that the state is making it illegal for all pastors to say such things, not just those actually working for the government.
Liberty Council sent a letter to the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, Bob Hayter, demanding that the state religious test be dropped and that Christian minister David Wells, who was dismissed for breaking the policy, 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.”
What Wells wishes to say inside his own church is his business, but he is not allowed to walk into a government facility and say whatever he pleases if he wishes to be a volunteer.
All Wells is trying to do is connect with troubled youth and make them feel even more isolated and more alone. By reaching out to homosexual youth who are struggling through life and already in the prison system and then to call them abnormal, deviant, etc. is only going to hurt the well-being of the juveniles in the state’s care.
This is once again a religious plea to be allowed to oppress, discriminate against and shame those they do not agree with. Ham says this policy and others like it are simple proof that homosexuals are fighting to ban religion and silence all religious opposition to homosexuality.
Quoting The Federalist website, Ham closes with, “Legal gay marriage is not the endgame for the gay-rights movement. It never was. Moral approval is the endgame. The agenda is not tolerance for different beliefs and lifestyles. The agenda is a demand that everyone get on board with the moral revolution or be punished. That means if you or your church won’t get with the program, then the revolutionaries will endeavor to close you down.”
If you have ever wondered what a lunatic sounds like, look no further than Ham and his ilk.
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