At first glance it might seem GREAT to good Christians that organizations like Teen Challenge have a primary purpose of "proselytizing", in other words converting those of one belief to another, but as this following article states, it is quite a dangerous precedent to set, in regards to overstepping of boundaries between Church and State. Our biggest concern is that the entire premise of the Teen Challenge program is based on deception. Though they claim to be a Christian organization, the menacingly controlling nature of their programs is universally charged with being all but Christ-like, and is evidenced by the numerous stories found conveniently in our blogs.
As Christians, we read the reports of "difficult" students who get beaten, verbally abused, and even "water-boarded" <We've posted Sheriff Reports to validate this> and wonder how they are ever supposed to find Christ now? How are they ever going to understand the LOVE that God has for each and every one of us? Most of the kids, who have a more difficult time with the teachings are the very ones that need to be reached, and yet they are the ones being abused and neglected. It's all wrong and now we have this "faith-based" organization with almost NO accountability, demanding unmonitored secrecy with students and the ability to silence their victims when they speak out about abuses, all receiving funding and granted the benefits of being a government sponsored facility as predicted back in 1984. Alot has changed, but the constitutional moral behind the separation of Church and State remains the same. I guess hindsight is 20/20, but in this case, we can't say we weren't warned.
Boycott Teen Challenge
Proselytizing Report: "Teen Challenge"
July 26, 1984
By Rick Ross
Religious Advisory Committee to the
Arizona Department of Corrections
- John 3:16
- John 10:10
- Roman's 6:23
- John 1:46
- John 1:12