This may strike you as political and having nothing to do with homeschooling… but think again: When liberal judges are allowed to take prayer from public schools, take religious programs away from prisoners, and force evolution to be taught in place of creationism… it effects everyone – including school children and homeschoolers. Your children and mine will one day be standing beside the godless that have been shaped by society and nothing more. Should we be so apathetic towards the way that society is heading? I petition to you that you would read this article and let it sink down into your heart. Even if you don’t know anyone who has been in prison and have never even thought of those men and women before who are being punished for their crimes (either justly or unjustly)… please stop and take pause to read and assimilate what this liberal judge’s ruling could do to their lives and society as a whole.
What is sad is the fact that faith based prison reform programs really work. From a World-Net Daily article: “only 8 percent of the inmates who complete the full program of religious instruction, mentoring and vocational training return to prison within two years of their release. The comparison group without the program had a 20 percent recidivism rate.”
IFI and the Verdict
by Prison Fellowship
In a ruling that has potentially enormous consequences for faith-based organizations working to provide social services, a federal judge in Iowa has ruled that the InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI), an intensive and effective pre-release program for prisoners, is unconstitutional.
Stating that IFI is “pervasively sectarian” and therefore cannot receive state funds, the judge ordered that the program be closed within 60 days and that IFI must refund to the state of Iowa more than $1.5 million it received from the state over the years. The judge’s order, however, does not go into effect until after the appeals process. Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley confirmed that PF and IFI will indeed appeal, “all the way to the Supreme Court if we must.”
Barry Lynn and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a suit in February 2003 against Prison Fellowship, IFI, and the state of Iowa, challenging the existence of a faith-based program in a state prison. Americans United were also seeking, as they state on their website, “to have a significant impact on President Bush’s Faith-Based Initiative generally.”
In a recent BreakPoint radio commentary, Prison Fellowship Mark Earley warned of the repercussions of this ruling. “We can only hope that what happened with God being taken out of the classrooms of America thirty years ago does not repeat itself in America’s prisons as a result of the federal courts,” Earley said. “Despite the fact that the program is purely voluntary on the part of prisoners, the judge found that the program is unconstitutional because it was a Christ-centered program and received 40 percent of its funding from the state, even though 60 percent was raised from private donations.
“People of faith should not be excluded from providing services in the public square to those who have volunteered to receive them. We want prisoners to be able to take part in a program—yes, even a Christ-centered one—that will help them change their lives for the better if they desire to do so.”
I find it ironic that liberal judges would vehemently support the religion of evolution being taught in secular public schools (against many student’s wishes), and yet vehemently oppose the religion of Christianity from being taught in prisons (even though it is voluntary rather than mandatory). Talk about a double standard. Ye shall know them by their fruits.