Part-Time Chaplains to lose Prison Contracts
10 Jan, 2013
Part-time chaplains serving at prisons across Canada—including all but one of the non-Christian chaplains currently employed—are reportedly about to lose their jobs.
Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, said Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other non-Christian inmates would have to turn to Christian chaplains for counselling.
The announcement comes after a controversy in September over a tender that was issued for a Wiccan priest for prisons in BC. Toews quickly cancelled the tender after a report about it emerged.
“The minister has con- cluded… chaplains employed by Corrections Canada must provide services to inmates of all faiths,” an email from Toews’ office reportedly said.Source: Postmedia News.