Commander PK Posted February 22, 2011 Share Posted February 22, 2011 "Why is it that our children can't read a bible in school, but in prisons they can?" I read this bumper sticker on somebody's car on the way home from work today, and I started thinking about this statement as a legtimate topic for discussion. Kids in school have the "right" to not have Christianity (or any other religion for that matter) crammed down their throat, according to some. The state is not supposed to "endorse" any religion. Then when some end up in prison down the road (I am not implying that every child who does not adhere to a religious belief will end up in prison) religion is not only readily available in all it's forms. Christian, Catholic, Spanish Catholic, Islam, etc. etc it is actively presented to the inmate population via a chaplain. Inmates regularly attend "church" services, and other religious based programming in the facilities. Some of you long time members know that I am a Correctional Officer, so I have a first-hand perspective. Public Schools are part of the system. Detention Centers and Prisons are also. What if an inmate's family is "offended" by the Detention Center chaplain offering "guidance" to the inmate population? The mere fact that an inmate in a "state" facility has to be "exposed' to anything spiritual is a "violation" of their civil liberties under a secular government, right? Apparently this same argument works in the school system, why not for the prisons? I would argue that finding "spirituality" is not only allowed in prisons, but in a manner encouraged by having a "chaplain" as a legitimate paid employee of the given institution. Discuss (Let's have a legit discussion here. I ask that everybody avoid taking the mere presence of such a thread as an attack (or endorsement) of your religious beliefs or civil liberties beliefs. ) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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