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Kentucky forbids prison chaplains from identifying homosexuality as sinful

August 13, 2015

Prison officials in the state of Kentucky have told chaplains that they are not allowed to speak of homosexual activity as sinful.

The Department of Juvenile Justice revoked the credentials of a Baptist chaplain, citing his refusal to comply with a policy that forbids reference to homosexuality as sinful. Chaplains who do not agree to abide by that policy will not be allowed to work in prisons, officials said.

The Kentucky policy stipulates that "staff, volunteers, interns and contractors 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.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 15, 2015 10:49 AM ET USA

    Just another tangible sign of our government's "War on Religion". What is USCCB doing to defend Catholic Chaplains?

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Aug. 14, 2015 9:51 AM ET USA

    Incredible. You can't help but wonder how long a society like this can survive.

  • Posted by: chady - Aug. 14, 2015 5:32 AM ET USA

    'Any adviser will offer advice, but some are governed by self - interest.....But constantly have recourse to a devout man, whom you know to be a keeper of the commandments, whose soul matches your own, and who, if you go wrong, will be sympathetic.' Ecclesiasticus 37: 1,12,15,16

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Aug. 14, 2015 1:31 AM ET USA

    This is a violation of religious freedom enshrined in the Constitution and should be opposed.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 14, 2015 12:20 AM ET USA

    This needs to be taken to court as a violation of Religious freedom. If this stands then the state has the right to determine all the doctrines of all churches.