• Kentucky Commissars Bar Chaplains From Preaching Against This SIN

    The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice warned DJJ Chaplain David Wells to sign a state-mandated document promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality is “sinful” or his credentials would be revoked.

    The Kentucky regulation states that volunteers working with juveniles “shall not refer to juveniles by using derogatory language in a manner that conveys bias towards or hatred of the LGBTQI community. DJJ staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

    “We could not sign that paper,” Chaplain Wells told Fox News in a telephone call from his home in Kentucky. “It broke my heart.”

    Wells decided not to sign the paper and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice ended his 13 years of ministry to underage inmates at the Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center and revoked his volunteer credentials as an ordained minister.

    Chaplain Wells, every volunteer in Well’s church and a Baptist church in a nearby community received a letter from the DJJ terminating their voluntary involvement to juvenile inmates.

    “We sincerely appreciate your years of service and dedication to the youth served by this facility,” Superintendent Gene Wade wrote. “However, due to your decision, based on your religious convictions, that you cannot comply with the requirements outlined in DJJ Policy 912, Section IV, Paragraph H, regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth, I must terminate your involvement as a religious volunteer.”

    Wells and his team have conducted volunteer worship services and counseling to troubled young people – many of whom have been abused— for years, but under the state’s 2014 anti-discrimination policy, Wells will not be allowed provide such counseling should it delve into LGBT issues.

    “They told us we could not preach that homosexuality is a sin – period,” Wells explained. “We would not have even been able to read Bible verses that dealt with LGBT issues.”

    Wells said they’ve never used hateful or derogatory comments when dealing with the young inmates, but the DJJ is “defining hateful or derogatory as meaning what the Bible says about homosexuality.”

    Wells’ lawyer, Mat Staver, says the state’s ban on Biblical counseling is unconstitutional religious discrimination and is demanding the state immediately reinstate Wells as well as the other volunteer ministers.

    “There is no question there is a purging underway,” said Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel. “The dissenters in the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage warned us this would happen.”

    The DJJ told the local newspaper, Lexington Herald-Leader, that the regulation “is neutral as to religion and requires respectful language toward youth by all staff, contractors and volunteers.”

    State Sen. Gerald Neal, a Democrat, who has repeatedly sponsored bills in that would expand the state’s civil-rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity, said the Department of Juvenile Justice is doing the right thing and dared Christians to challenge the law in court.

    “I’m just disappointed that the agendas by some are so narrow that they disregard the rights of others,” he told the newspaper. “Let them sue and let the courts settle it.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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