Dwight Bushman, an economic development consultant for Wakita, initially promoted the private prison as an economic development project, but now promotes the project as a way to "reduce recidivism."
Bill Robinson, an ex-con who is now a prison minister and founder of Corrections Concepts, Inc., has an agreement with Wakita to manage the proposed 600-bed prison if it is built.
Bushman, Robinson, and the town of Wakita appear to be promoting on a grander scale something that has already been declared unconstitutional by the Courts.
I am a "born again" Baptist minister. I firmly believe that faith in Christ changes hearts and transforms lives. I am also deeply convicted that government has no role in promoting faith of any kind.
If some Christians in Oklahoma or elsewhere want an "all-Christian prison" it needs to be built and operated at "all-Christian expense."
I agree with the founding fathers of our state who made this clear in the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma (1907):
Section II-5: Public Money or Property — Use for Sectarian Purposes.
No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.