The state of Kentucky has now begun imposing a religious test on volunteer pastor counsellors, working in its youth division as it insists that they avoid calling homosexuality “sinful.”
The state has started dismissing those pastors who are not willing to bend their Christian faith, in order to put up with the state requirements.
According to this vice policy, the Department of Juvenile Justice staff, volunteers and others “shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The Supt. General Warren County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, issued an order of revocation of the ordained Christian minister David Wells.
Reacting strongly to the termination of Pastor Wells, the Liberty Counsel has raised the issue saying, “Pastor Wells has been serving as a Christian counsellor for more than 10 years. During these years he dealt with cases ranging from a young man who sexually abused his sister, and then killed her … to children who have been molested and sodomized by adults and older teens.
“All of these children have asked Mr. Wells if there was any hope for them in this life, and in the life to come. He has told them without exception that Christ can, and would, forgive them, if they would repent and believe the gospel.”
In strong opposition to the revocation of Pastor Wells, and imposition of this policy, the Liberty Counsel wrote a letter to the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, demanding that the state religious test be dropped and that the dismissed counselling pastor be restored.Nevertheless, the Liberty Counsel argued that the Bible “explicitly prohibits any expression of sexuality outside of the confines of man-woman marriage.”
According to the Liberty Counsel’s letter, Wells was ordered to sign a form “promising to refrain from telling any juvenile inmates that homosexuality was ‘sinful.’”