“Americans United for Separation of Church and State today warned Oklahoma corrections officials that a proposed “Christian” prison cannot be supported with public funds.”
“According to news media accounts, sponsors say the Wakita, Okla., prison will hire only Christian staff and inmates will be required to participate in a Christ-centered curriculum.”
“The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, says the issues at stake are critically important. “It is wrong for government to take taxpayers’ money and spend it on religious indoctrination,” Lynn said. “That’s a violation of the fundamental rights of every American. I strongly believe that inmates should have access to religious services of their own choosing,” he continued, “but government should never favor one faith over others or coerce inmates to participate in religion.”
I hope the proposed prison doesn’t get very far. As usual, they think Christianity will “cure” criminals. It doesn’t. Study after study has shown these programs simply produce “Christian criminals.” It does nothing to rehabilitate them.
Counseling by a qualified psychologist or social worker (not a “preacher” with a G.E.D.) and job training would be MUCH more helpful to prisoners than bible study and prayer sessions.