Life is Belief & Struggle - Ahmed Shawqi

Friday, October 5, 2012

Just Chop the Prison Chaplains

I really think the Prime Minister ought to appoint a public watch dog to safeguard the Canadian public purse from lawsuits brought against the government as the direct result of his Ministers making and implementing the stupidest possible public policy decisions.

Either that or the Prime Minister needs to demand all his Ministers kick into malpractice slush fund for conservative ministers.
The federal government is cancelling the contracts of non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons, CBC News has learned.

Inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel and guidance, according to the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who is also responsible for Canada’s penitentiaries. (CBC)
Maybe it’s me, but appointing a man who knocked up his babysitter as Minister of Public Safety just doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who is capable of making sound practical judgments in the public’s interest when he cannot even manage to do so in his home life…but such, is the quality of the Harper talent pool.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for saving the $6.4 Million annually. This represents the total pre-purge salaries budget for prison chaplains; so it really does pay to fire them all. Besides, what Jew, Muslim, Sikhs or Buddhist would really want counseling and/or spiritual guidance by a ‘chaplain’ who thinks you made the wrong religious choices in the first place…

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