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“Proselytizing to someone in the middle of addiction treatment – at a vulnerable moment — is nothing less than harassment.”

June 10

Imagine you or someone you love is desperately in need of alcohol rehabilitation services, and the only provider in the area is faith-based. Counseling sessions are held in a room containing crosses and scripture, but because the center receives federal funds, you know they are required to provide secular alcohol and addiction services.  After a few weeks of attending counseling sessions, you are invited by a church employee who is not a counselor to stay at the center for a Bible class held in the same building. As a nontheist, you politely refuse. The following week this same employee corners you after class and starts a long, awkward conversation about how you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You feel as though you cannot comfortably continue to attend this treatment center when you are forced to interact with this individual in the midst of your treatment. You tell your counselor, but you’re told that the law says there is nothing to be done.

Proselytizing to someone in the middle of addiction treatment – at a vulnerable moment — is nothing less than harassment.

via Secular Coalition for America Action Alert System.

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