January 8, 2010
Louisiana Prison Gives Inmates Chance to Earn Ministry Degree
As we approach the week-end and the traditional days of worship -- Friday, Saturday or Sunday, based on your religious persuasion -- here is a story that raises several issues not limited to taxation of nonprofits.
USA Today reported earlier this week that about 150 inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary have thus far earned Bachelor of Arts degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and another 100 are on track to graduate in the near future. The program, initiated by Burl Cain who became warden at the prison in 1995, is funded by the seminary, the Louisiana Baptist Convention and private donations. Cain views the program as one of "moral rehabilitation."
So, does the program raise a question regarding the separation of Church and State? Thus far, the ACLU is steering clear of the issue. What's your opinion?
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