Prison Fellowship Ministries is a non-profit run by the reformed Watergate “hatchet man” Chuck Colson, and is based here in Loudoun County. As one might expect from the name, their mission is ministering to prisoners.
Prison Fellowship partners with local churches across the country to minister to a group that society often scorns and neglects: prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families…
…Prison Fellowship reaches out to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families both as an act of service to Jesus Christ and as a contribution to restoring peace to our cities and communities endangered by crime. For the best way to transform our communities is to transform the people within those communities – and truly restorative change comes only through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Why, then, have we received two different missives from this organization in the last two days concerned entirely with the alleged “homosexual agenda” in public schools?
One concerns a case in Massachusetts (reported here back in June, 2006) in which some parents sued a school district because they were upset that the book “King & King” was read to their child’s class. The judge who dismissed the lawsuit wrote that schools are “entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy,” which would include the factual information that there are different kinds of families in the world – and in Massachusetts, the reality is that Prince can marry his Prince. This commentary from Colson is a keeper:
If the school district is really committed to teaching about all kinds of families, then why not give children a story about a prince who longs for another prince, realizes his longings are disordered, undergoes reparative therapy, and lives happily ever after – with a princess?
Gosh, let me try to answer that. Let’s see: Because it would be abusive to the children in that class who have gay parents; and it would fly in the face of what every mainstream medical professional association has concluded to be the truth about sexual orientation. Sexual orientation naturally occurs on a spectrum; there is nothing “disordered” about any point on that spectrum; “reparative therapy” doesn’t change sexual orientation, and it is in fact harmful.
The other one is about the new Montgomery County sexuality education curriculum, which we reported here. For your amusement, here is Colson’s second prizewinner, straight out of the PFOX handbook:
Sadly, these programs offer nothing to teens desperate for help in overcoming homosexual feelings. They don’t learn how successful reparative therapy is, and where they can find it. They are simply told to “celebrate” their homosexuality. Teens with same-sex desires are condemned to a life of confusion, misery, disease, and early death.
Well, I guess you could say we’re confused about what all this misinformation has to do with the stated mission of Prison Fellowship Ministries. Is it a new fundraising model? They ran out of prisoners? An imminent merger with PFOX or NARTH? This is just odd.