<$BlogRSDUrl$>

Monday, June 24, 2002

God Behind Bars-Chuck Colson's a hot topic in the Blogosphere today, warning about militant Islam getting a big toe-hold in prisons in a Wall Street Journal piece. Colson has been America's #1 prison minister since coming to Christ while serving a Watergate-related sentence in the mid-70s, and put in a plug for such prison ministries in his piece. Christianty Today's blog has a good overview of the issue, while Instapundit has his suspicions,
He's [Colson's] right that it's an issue, but his solution -- which seems basically that Christianity is better -- doesn't fly. First, it's got First Amendment problems. Under current Supreme Court law you could probably get rid of all prison ministries if you chose, but you can't favor one religion over another. Second, his view of Christianity in prison is a bit rosy-eyed: Christian Identity types have been recruiting there for years.
I'm not WSJ-registered, so I can't get to the article in question. I believe the answer is to keep tabs on groups with violent natures, whether they are of a religious or secular stripe. To try to indirectly tie Christian Identity (a white-power group with a "Christian" overlay) with Colson is a cheap shot. CI should be dealt with just as other gang-type groups that promote lawlessness, whether they are religious or not. Colson's Prison Fellowship and many others prison ministries have help turn plenty of inmates' lives around and thus should be encouraged on a public policy basis. There are also a number of decent Islamic ministries which have helped turn some guys' life around; the prayer and life-style disciplines of Islam will help re-socialize some guys, even if it is a warped version of God that is the focus of their energies. While I'm not going to endorse the Muslim groups spiritually, we need to do so from a public-policy standpoint; ministries that help inmates channel their frustrations into healthy outlets should be encouraged, regardless of their religious background. The first amendment doesn't create a religion-free zone behind bars, but any policies need to not play favorites. The unhealthy ones, such as your al Qaeda-friendly Muslim groups or CI should be barred on the grounds of being detrimental to the security of the prison, if they are avenues for prisoner revolts and lawlessness.

Comments:
I would gold für wow cultivate courage.buy wow gold “Nothing is so mild wow gold cheap and gentle as courage, nothing so cruel and pitiless as cowardice,” syas a wise author. We too often borrow trouble, and anticipate that may never appear.”wow gold kaufen The fear of ill exceeds the ill we fear.” Dangers will arise in any career, but presence of mind will often conquer the worst of them. Be prepared for any fate, and there is no harm to be freared. If I were a boy again, I would look on the cheerful side. life is very much like a mirror:sell wow gold if you smile upon it,maple mesos I smiles back upon you; but if you frown and look doubtful on it,cheap maplestory mesos you will get a similar look in return. Inner sunshine warms not only the heart of the owner,world of warcraft power leveling but of all that come in contact with it. “ who shuts love out ,in turn shall be shut out from love.” If I were a boy again, I would school myself to say no more often.billig wow gold I might cheap mesos write pages maple meso on the importance of learning very early in life to gain that point where a young boy can stand erect, and decline doing an unworthy act because it is unworthy.wow powerleveling If I were a boy again, I would demand of myself more courtesy towards my companions and friends,wow leveling and indeed towards strangers as well.Maple Story Account The smallest courtesies along the rough roads of life are wow powerleveln like the little birds that sing to us all winter long, and make that season of ice and snow more endurable. Finally,maple story powerleveling instead of trying hard to be happy
 
Post a Comment

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?