Monday, May 17, 2010

Faith-based Prison Still On Hold

According to an article in today's Tulsa World, a proposed Christians-only faith-based prison concept being planned for Wakita, Oklahoma is still on hold.

Corrections Concept, a non-profit prison ministry, cannot get funds to build their facility until they line up states or legal jurisdictions willing to send prisoners to them.

So far, only the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs has expressed interest in making use of their services.

I've written about this before -- here and here.

Again, I would suggest that 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.
The Tulsa World says the American Center for Law and Justice has agreed to represent Corrections Concepts if Constitutional challenges arise over public monies being used for a Corrections Concepts prison.

Frankly, if these religious right Christians are truly concerned about rehabilitating prisoners, it would be better for them to fully fund their prisons with private donations. Otherwise, this will continue to be perceived for what it truly is -- a blatant attempt to fund religious ministries at tax-payer expense.

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