Alleged Discrimination Against Minority Faiths by Canadian Federal Prisons

Some inmates in British Columbia federal prisons are suing the Canadian government for discriminating against their religious beliefs by failing to renew part-time chaplain contracts. Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, Wiccans and Buddhists claim that since the federal government refused to renew these contracts chaplains of their faith traditions are not allowed the same access to prisons and many have not obtained the spiritual mentoring needed in their rehabilitation. The federal government claims that it is not discriminating as the decision not to renew part-time chaplain contracts affected 31 Christian chaplains and only 18 non-Christian chaplains. It is unknown if the 31 Christian chaplains were members of minority faiths within Christianity.

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