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David Wells

Kentucky Order Stops Counselor from Helping Gay Youth

Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice has revoked the volunteer credentials of an ordained minister because he would not sign a statement promising to refrain from ever telling juvenile inmates that homosexuality could change. This is a shocking development, but it is something that is a concern for all of us, certainly for these young men and women in the juvenile detention centers who need the power of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mat Staver: In a letter to the commissioner, Liberty Counsel, Matt, has given the department a background and information and asked them to reinstate David Wells as a volunteer visitor, credentialed individual who brings the ministry of gospel to these young men. This is an individual, Matt, who when he was a young boy was sexually molested by men from a very young age for a number of years.

He struggled with this, he had consumed alcohol to stop the pain. When he was 22 he gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and he was forgiven. Sometimes people like this think that it was their fault, that they were the reason why they were abused. He was forgiven, he was cleansed, he was freed of these past assaults that had been placed on him.

And now as a minister who wants to bring the same kind of hope and change to these young boys — he’s been doing this for 10 years in the juvenile facilities — he’s being told “you can’t! You’ve got to leave them in their chains. There’s no hope for change. If you give them hope for change, you can’t be here any more.”

Matt Barber: Yea Mat, this is a prima facie case of viewpoint discrimination. This is the clear message of the gospel, that there’s freedom from sin, that homosexual behavior throughout both the old and new testament is sin, it’s in the Bible. And they’re saying “Nope! those portions of the Bible, because we don’t like them, you cannot share those aspects of the Bible. We don’t like your viewpoint, therefore we the state are going to discriminate against you.”

It’s not even a matter of them coming in after the fact and saying “You’ve done this, we don’t like it,” it’s a matter of them saying “You will not preemptively sign a document promising not to do it.” 

This is “You will be MADE to care!” This is forced affirmation. 


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