Canadian Government cuts non-Christian prison chaplains
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The federal government is cancelling the contracts of part-time prison chaplains, effectively eliminating non-Christian staff.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has mandated that the federal prison system's 71 full-time chaplains, who are overwhelmingly Christian, will provide religious services to all inmates.
Another 49 part-time chaplains – 18 of whom represent non-Christian faiths – will have their contracts cancelled.
In September, Mr. Toews's office nixed a proposal for a Wiccan priest to provide about 17 hours of service a month to inmates in British Columbia.
Groups representing religious minorities called on the federal government to reverse course, saying that eliminating non-Christian chaplains is discriminatory.
"We think that this is a contradiction of Canada's commitments on religious freedom and it runs completely contrary to promoting a pluralistic society," said Ihsaan Gardee, acting executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada.
Shimon Fogel, chief executive officer of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said the move "is not consistent with Canadian values."
If you are in Canada, please consider writing your MP about this.