Prison Fellowship Praises Companies For No Longer Checking Criminal Past

Calling it a move consistent with the redemptive message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Prison Fellowship has praised Koch Industries, Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy and others for no longer asking about criminal history on job applications.

Jesse Wiese of Justice Fellowship, the policy arm of Prison Fellowship, said that the move by the businesses is vital in several ways.

“Continually punishing somebody for one act in their past is antithetical to the gospel and diminishes human potential and the whole concept of the Imago Dei [image of God],” he said to the Christian Post.  “Often times the best person for the job is isolated because their application is being thrown out before they can even walk in the door.”

Wiese noted that one in four Americans has a criminal record that could be used against them when looking for a job.

Mark Holden of Koch Industries told CP that the move makes “moral sense.”

“A lot of people have made mistakes when they were younger, and if they committed a felony, they may not even go through the process because they feel like their application would be thrown in the trash,” Holden said.   “We could be precluding somebody from a fair hearing with initial questions, so we would rather find out what somebody is about first.”

Prison Fellowship is a ministry to prisoners started by the late Chuck Colson after his imprisonment from the Watergate scandal.

Values Voter Panel: Media Clueless About Sex

A panel at the Values Voter Summit says that the national media is missing the boat when it comes to young people and sex.

“When young adults are asked what they are looking for, they’re not looking for hook-ups. They’re preferring romance over sex, relationships over sex. But most people don’t recognize that,” Valerie Huber, president and CEO of the National Abstinence Education Association said.

She cited a survey from the Centers for Disease Control that showed a 15 percent increase in the number of young people waiting to have sex until marriage.

Huber added that many young people are looking to the media to portray reality rather than pushing a hyper-sexualized agenda on the community.

“Here is what this generation wants: they want the media to show more youth not having sex. They want to hear more reasons to wait for sex — and this is according to a very broad national study — and they want to hear that waiting for sex is realistic; and they want to know waiting for sex is, in fact, quite normal,” said Huber.

David Knopp of Summit Ministries said parents, mentors and peers need to step up and take back control of sex education from those who want to make sex appear as something just for fun or something insignificant to the larger parts of life.

Chelsen Vicari of the Institute on Religion and Democracy said that young Christians need to better defend the Biblical view on sexuality to those inside and outside the church and strive for the purity that God calls for everyone before marriage.