Bob Unruh – February 17, 2018
More than 23,000 people already have signed a petition urging a British prison to restore a Christian volunteer chaplain who was banned by a Muslim prison official who claimed the pastor was teaching extremism.
And more are joining the cause hourly.
The petition is being run by Christian Concern, which gave the background to the startling case.
“A highly respected Christian volunteer Chaplain at HMP Brixton has been removed from chaplaincy work, and an internationally respected Christian course banned by a Muslim senior chaplain, in an attempt to wipe out ‘Christian domination’ at Brixton prison,” the organization reported.
The chaplain, Paul Song, relocated from South Korea in 1992 and began working as a minister at London Shepherd Church in 1996. In 1998, he began using his one day off each week to volunteer alongside 15 other Christians at HMP Brixton, and he was taken on as a chaplain.
Among other services was his provision of a program called Alpha, which introduces spiritual seekers to Christian faith.
However, when Mohamed Yusef Ahmed, a Muslim, took over as senior chaplain in 2015, things started going wrong.