Sunday, October 7, 2012

Canadian Prisoners Can Continue to Seek Spiritual Council of Their Own Faith

Minister Vic Toews' office confirmed that contrary to published reports, inmates in Canadian prisons will not be forced to seek spiritual guidance solely from Christian ministers.

Frank Dimant, CEO of B'nai Brith Canada issued the following statement:

“B’nai Brith Canada has received assurances from Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews that inmates of all faith traditions will continue to be ministered to by chaplains representing their own religion.

"Toews issued an open letter in which he similarly stated that he wishes to 'take the opportunity to reassure you that our government strongly supports the freedom of religion of all Canadians.'

"We have been advised that the volunteer chaplain and full-time chaplaincy programs will continue and that these programs are ministered by representatives of all faith groups." 
--B'Nai Brith Canada

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