Christian minister punches back against big government bullies after they targeted him in Minnesota

Our nation was built on Judeo-Christian values, but the Radical Left wants to destroy that foundation.

Anyone seeking to teach the gospel has become a target of persecution in cultural and political spaces.

Now one Christian minister is punching back against big government bullies after they targeted him in Minnesota.

“Authentic manhood” model goes against DEI initiatives in prison

Pastor Anthony Schmitt has been working with inmates at a state prison in St. Cloud, Minnesota for over ten years. 

The pastor has led a 12-week course entitled “The Quest for Authentic Manhood” that focuses on orthodox Christian values. 

According to an article by the Star Tribune, the prison pastor along with colleagues has “helped more than a thousand men rehabilitate and transition back to the community. 

The prison ministry does this by instructing them on achieving “’authentic manhood’ as modeled by Jesus Christ and directed by the Word of God.”

But administrators at the Department of Corrections didn’t like what Schmitt and his ministry were teaching their prisoners—and they decided to put a stop to his classes. 

Citing “direct conflicts” with the DOC’s “diversity, equity, and inclusion values” they said that he could no longer continue to take them on his “quest.”

DOC concerned about teaching considering implications on homosexual relationships

According to the DOC, Schmitt was teaching courses that proposed that manhood was exclusive of homosexual men and portrayed women as “weak.” 

The officials said that they didn’t like that he was teaching women that they should be submissive and let men lead the home.

“Throughout all sessions reviewed, men were only identified as heterosexual, seeking ideal relationships and marriage with women,” DOC Assistant Commissioner Jolene Robertus told Schmitt in an email. 

Robertus was infuriated that the curriculum teaches “manhood can only be achieved through heterosexual relationships.”

Schmitt has since filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Minnesota demanding that the Quest program be reinstated at the St. Cloud prison. 

Backed by the Upper Midwest Law Center and True North Legal, Schmitt argues the program is necessary and has led to “countless powerful testimonies” of prisoner reform. 

“I was shocked and dismayed when the DOC suddenly canceled us, and I just want to be able to minister to these men, who so desperately need support and rehabilitation.”

“Rehabilitation and repentance” can lead to the “healing power of Christ”

 

According to the filing, the DOC “shut down the Quest program because it teaches that men and women have complementarian roles in family and society, [and] that men occupy a particular role in family and society…”

Robertus has stated that though she sees “the teachings do describe the woman in his role as ‘honorable,’ the reinforced stereotypes and biases can be hurtful and downright dangerous for those participants who either committed acts of violence, domestic violence, or may be the victims of violence by women…”

Schmitt’s lawsuit alleges that the actions taken by the Assistant Commissioner and the DOC “are not neutral or generally applicable” but rather seek to persecute the minister over his religious beliefs. 

The pastor is seeking to restore the program so that he can continue to serve the prison population.

“Schmitt believes that through repentance and rehabilitation, any person, including those imprisoned for crimes committed can live physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally healthy lives through the healing power of Christ…” his team contends.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story. 

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