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Kentucky Ministers Banned From Calling Homosexuality a Sin

News Staff : Aug 3, 2015  The Christian Institute/Charisma

"To remove the Bible from a pastor's hands is like removing a scalpel from a surgeon's hands. Without it, they cannot provide healing." –Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel

(Frankfort, KY)—Kentucky has come under fire for forcing ministers who volunteer as counselors at youth prisons to sign a policy which asserts that homosexuality is not sinful.

One minister, David Wells, has been dismissed from his role as a counselor, leading to the policy being discovered.

Mr. Wells is receiving legal support from Liberty Counsel, an organization which advocates for religious freedom.

The policy, by the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), states that DJJ staff and volunteers, "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."

According to Liberty Counsel, David Wells was asked to sign a form "promising to refrain from telling any juvenile inmates that homosexuality was 'sinful.'" The Baptist minister had already worked at the prison facility for more than ten years when he was asked to do so.

However, after refusing to sign the form, he was dismissed by a brusque letter from the Superintendent of the prison, Gene Wade.

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