Sunday, September 05, 2010

In Australia, Challenge Planned To School Chaplaincy Program

WA Today reports that in Australia, Queensland parent Ron Williams is planning to file suit to challenge the constitutionality of the country's school chaplaincy program.  Politicians have pledged to find $220 million to fund another 1000 chaplains in the schools. Meanwhile the Australian Psychological Society says the program is dangerous to children's mental health because many children are seeking out chaplains rather than psychologists to deal with mental health problems. At least one school even replaced its psychologist with a chaplain to save money. Program rules bar school chaplains from proselytizing.

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