Non-Christian prison chaplains chopped by Ottawa - British Columbia - CBC News
They almost got it right, but fell one short. I'm actually not horribly opposed to chaplains (of whatever religion), I just think they're superfluous. But I understand the reasoning behind having them.
The kicker, though, and the thing that qualifies as one of the stupidest things I have ever read, is as follows:
"In an email to CBC News, Toews' office says that as a result of the review, the part-time non-Christian chaplains will be let go and the remaining full-time Christian chaplains in prisons will now provide interfaith services and counselling to all inmates.
"The minister strongly supports the freedom of religion for all Canadians, including prisoners,” the email states. “However, the government … is not in the business of picking and choosing which religions will be given preferential status through government funding. The minister has concluded … [Christian] chaplains employed by Corrections Canada must provide services to inmates of all faiths."
So, the government is not in the business of picking and choosing which religions will be given preferential status, so it is choosing to pick which religion will be given preferential status? Preposterous!
Like I said, I would prefer that there were no "chaplains" of any religion being paid for by tax dollars. But if there's going to be, I would rather pay more to make sure all religions are covered than pay less to have it be exclusively Christian.