We’ve seen this coming for some time now.
First, we’ve watched as Christian businesses were attacked and persecuted for adhering to their religious beliefs. We’ve even watched as our government imposed exorbitant fines and gagged these Christian bakers in Oregon.
Now, we’re watching the State go directly after religious leaders in an attempt to curb the expression of their beliefs. This, all in the name of — what? What supersedes our constitutional freedoms, such as freedom of speech and religion?
Apparently, some kind of liberal, groupthink “morality” conjured up by some state bureaucrats.
As if you needed further proof that our Constitutional rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech — and Christianity, in particular — are under direct and blatant attack, read on to learn what’s happening in the state of Kentucky.Via Fox News: 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.
“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.”
Let that sink in for a moment. This Christian chaplain was told by the State he could no longer be a religious volunteer, because he refused to sign a piece of paper from the state telling him what he was not allowed to say. Yes, this is happening in the United States of America. Just because we saw it coming doesn’t make it any less palatable. It’s actually breathtaking even to write these words.
“They told us we could not preach that homosexuality is a sin – period,” Wells told me. “We would not have even been able to read Bible verses that dealt with LGBT issues.”
For the record, Wells said they’ve never used hateful or derogatory comments when dealing with the young inmates.
“They are defining hateful or derogatory as meaning what the Bible says about homosexuality,” he told me.
And just who is the “they” declaring what’s in the Bible to be hateful and derogatory? Some nameless, faceless government bureaucrats? These are the ones deciding what parts of the Christian religion are now acceptable and what are not?
Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, is representing Wells. He said the state’s ban on Biblical counseling is unconstitutional religious discrimination.
“There is no question there is a purging underway,” 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.
He said the policy “requires affirmation of homosexuality as a precondition for ministers providing spiritual guidance to troubled youth, and singles out a particular theological viewpoint as expressly disfavored by the State of Kentucky.”
In other words – Kentucky has a religious litmus test when it comes to homosexuality – and according to the Lexington Herald-Leader – they aren’t going to back down.
God save our republic.