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Did Vic Toews do this because he doesn’t want Omar Khadr to have an Imam visit him?

Let me state from the start here that I’m a practicing Christian. As a Christian – not as a partisan political observer – I think this move to stop non-Christian chaplains from ministering to prisoners of other faiths is idiotic:

The federal government is cancelling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons, CBC News has learned. Inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel and guidance, according to the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who is also responsible for Canada’s penitentiaries.

If this isn’t religious discrimination, I don’t know what is. I’d chalk it up normally to Vic doing another “let’s be tough on prisoners in prison” move, but if that were the case, he’d be removing the Christian chaplains as well. You either remove them all (which would be as bad), or none. This is screaming for a Charter of Rights court challenge. At the very least, it’s a rather blatantly insensitive move.

My title by the way is slightly tongue-in-cheek, but since this is Vic Toews we’re talking about here… who knows. His office is quoted as saying the government is not in the business of picking and choosing which religion(s) will receive preferential status, but they just DID that when they removed all contracts except from Christian chaplains!

Did they not figure that part out before they released that statement?


3 comments to Did Vic Toews do this because he doesn’t want Omar Khadr to have an Imam visit him?

  • shadow12ea

    What else can we expect from the cons. it is plan & simple bias & prejudice. The sooner the conservatives are gone the better. Just another example of the slimers absolute disregard for Canadian values.

  • the rat

    Yeah, Scott, it isn’t. A more correct headline would be that Corrections Canada is cancelling the contracts of all part-time chaplains. They are mandating that full-time chaplains, and the story states that not all full timers are christian, must minister to all inmates. There may be an argument that they need to be more diverse in their full time employees but then an Muslim imam would still be expected to minister to Christians and Jews. That’s the way it is in the army and I see no reason why it should be different in prisons. In fact, I personally think if an inmate needs spiritual help then their co-religionists shouldn’t be getting paid by us to do it. Shouldn’t they be doing it as their Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Wiccan duty?

    • Jon Pertwee

      Dude you’re comment spamming that all over blogs that disagree with you.

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