Wednesday, 30 July 2008

faith-based unit

have posted at the hand mirror.

also this bit of news caught my eye today. i had no idea that there was a "faith-based unit" in our prisons:

For prisoners to qualify to stay in the 60-bed unit, they must have a minimum-to-low-medium security status, be drug-free and willing to explore the Christian faith.

The unit opened in 2003 and is the only one of its kind in the country.

the first question that springs to mind is: what about people who want to explore faiths other than christianity? and what about people who have no faith, nor want to explore one, but are serious about being drug-free and making positive changes to their lives? i'm finding it really hard to see how this unit doesn't breach the human rights act. i guess technically you could say that this isn't discrimination on the basis of faith, because the prisoners are only exploring a faith, not espousing one. it just doesn't look right to me.

No comments: