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    Sunday, June 04, 2006

    One Step Forward, One Step Back

    On Friday, we posted about a new program, sponsored by Prison Fellowship, being implemented within the Arkansas prison system designed to reduce recidivism rates among inmates. We were certainly glad to hear that our state is open to such faith-based initiatives, especially with the full support of our governor.

    Well, it seems Iowa may have to take a step in the other direction, no thanks to a federal judge and the ever-despicable Barry Lynn. Note this story from the AP:
    Iowa prison ordered to close Bible program

    By JAMES BELTRAN, Associated Press Writer
    Sat Jun 3, 9:43 AM ET

    A judge has ruled that a Bible-based prison program violates the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause by using state funds to promote Christianity to inmates.

    Prison Fellowship Ministries, which was sued in 2003 by an advocacy group, was ordered Friday to cease its program at the Newton Correctional Facility and repay the state $1.53 million.

    "This calls into question the funding for so many programs," said Barry Lynn, executive director of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed the suit. "Anyone who doesn't stop it is putting a giant 'sue me' sign on top of their building."

    [...]

    U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt called the perks "seemingly minor benefits" that constituted unfair treatment to those not in the religious program. Despite any claims of rehabilitating inmates, the program "impermissibly endorses religion," Pratt wrote.

    Here's a link to the full story

    Here at ARB, The Boy Wonder is tired of these ceaseless attacks being carried out by our federal judiciary and this so-called "minister" Barry Lynn. Their quest to uphold the "separation of church and state" as sacred dogma over the nobility and right of free exercise is disgusting. It seems the only realm toward which political correctness and tolerance do not apply is Christianity. Let us pray that this decision is overturned on appeal.

    Meanwhile, may God grant true freedom to souls imprisoned, by bars or otherwise.

    Isaiah 61:1-2 (NIV)
    "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..."

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/04/2006 02:38:00 PM

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