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Chaplains - Part 1

A federal appeals court ruled that an inmate's constitutional rights were not violated by a prison policy.

* A federal appeals court ruled that an inmate's constitutional rights were not violated by a prison policy that did not provide him with Church of Christ religious services that included communion, singing without instruments, teaching, and an opportunity for baptism by full immersion. A prison inmate was a member of the Church of Christ faith. His prison was assigned a chaplain who was a Church of Christ member. However, the inmate found the chaplain's teachings "too ecumenical" and a departure from established Church of Christ doctrine. He circulated a statement to fellow inmates and non-incarcerated Church of Christ leaders denouncing the chaplain as having "departed from the faith" and requesting that the chaplain be removed from his position. He also announced that he, and other inmates, were withdrawing "spiritual fellowship" from the chaplain. The inmate filed a class action on behalf ...

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  • November 1, 2004

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