Re: The cost of religion behind prison bars, Editor's Letter, Burnaby NOW, Oct. 12.
Once again, as she is wont to do, NOW editor Pat Tracy wishes to banish religiosity from everyday life; which has pretty much been accomplished in schools and hospitals.
You'll recall that the former NDP minister Joy McPhail put an end to publicly elected hospital boards, lest they vote against abortion initiatives.
(Just as an aside, she has since married a very wealthy owner of a gay cable site, which, in my opinion, broadcasts pornography).
Now whether you think that requests for spiritual advice are necessary, or just a scam on the part of the cons, to make them look remorseful, I think it should be available to all reasonable faiths (not devil worship or pantheism).
The editor then goes on to say that she thinks that the money should go to victims' services instead, an argument that is sure to garner a lot of support.
She thinks that people might be offended by "religious" counselling being paid for out of tax revenues.
Well, how about this then? What say that the highly (some would say, overly) paid civil servants, social workers, psychiatrists, guidance counsellors etc., volunteer their services to these wretched people?
Larry Bennett, Burnaby