Prison fellowship flip-flop: Colson brigade now says they don't want tax money!Americans United battled tax funding of a fundamentalist Christian program in an Iowa prison for five years, winning rulings from two federal courts declaring public support for the sectarian approach unconstitutional.
The case came to an official end April 9, the final deadline for Prison Fellowship Ministries to appeal to tire Supreme Court. The group chose not to do so, and its reaction to the litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. has been very interesting.
Mark Earley Mark L. Earley is an American politician. As a member of the Republican Party, he was elected to the Virginia State Senate (1988-1998), and then as Attorney General of Virginia from 1998 to 2001. , Prison Fellowship president, told Christianity Today Christianity Today is an Evangelical Christian periodical based in Carol Stream, Illinois. It is the flagship publication of its parent company Christianity Today International, claiming circulation figures of 145,000 and readership of 304,500. that the ruling against his group is actually useful because it clarifies what type of funding the program, called the Inner-Change Freedom Initiative (IFI IFI International Financial Institutions (IMF, World Bank, etc.)
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IFI Industrial Fasteners Institute ), can receive. He added that it's "Just easier" for IFI to stick to private funding.
Americans United could have told Earley that five years ago. In fact, we did.
In the face of Earley's spin, it's worth recalling that Prison Fellowship fought Americans United tooth and nail over this case. After U.S. District Judge Robert W. Pratt ruled in AU's favor in June of 2006, Prison Fellowship tried to portray him as a religious bigot bigot - A person who is religiously attached to a particular computer, language, operating system, editor, or other tool (see religious issues). Usually found with a specifier; thus, "Cray bigot", "ITS bigot", "APL bigot", "VMS bigot", "Berkeley bigot". .
When the case reached the appeals court, Earley and his associates launched a media offensive, arguing that AU was trying to shut down an effective program that rehabilitates prisoners.
At one point, Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson Charles (Chuck) Wendell Colson (born October 16, 1931, in Boston, Massachusetts) was the chief counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973 and was one of the Watergate Seven, jailed for Watergate-related charges. said AU's lawsuit effectively encouraged inmates to convert into Islamic terrorists and said AU's Barry Lynn Two prominent Americans use the name Barry Lynn professionally, generally without including their middle initial:
AU's victory is no big deal. It's really quite beyond belief. AU's victory is a big deal, and here's why: Prison Fellowship proselytizers wanted public support for their fundamentalist evangelism behind bars.
They tried to claim the program was open to inmates of all faith perspectives, but Catholic, Muslim, Native American and gay inmates felt constantly pressured to conform to Verb 1. conform to - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
coordinate - be co-ordinated; "These activities coordinate well" fundamentalist Christianity.
Fellowship leaders wanted all taxpayers to subsidize the spread of their religion.
AU put a stop to it. Our victory was not a narrow one. Rather, we struck a blow against misguided "faith-based" initiatives that seek to force all of us to pay for someone else's religion.
An old adage holds that when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade. It's a nice way to be positive about a setback, and it may work for some people.
We'd like to remind Prison Fellowship of an important point: Making lemonade from sour grapes, is impossible.