Former chaplain at Shakopee women's prison settles with state over firing

A Minnesota women's prison chaplain who was fired after she criticized a controversial Christian program for inmates will receive a settlement from the state. Full Story
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Julie

Circle Pines, MN

#1 Mar 3, 2011
Keep religion like this crap out of prisons.
Church services are understandable, or Circle if you are Pagan (and I know some of people in Shakopee are Pagan).

Subordination my butt.
Opinion

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Mar 3, 2011
I agree with Julie, why are we spending tax payers money teaching religion? I am retired law enforcement officer and we always had a saying, If you want to find Christ, look in the jail that where he hangs out. Professing to have found Christ is the easiest way to get of jail and always has been. 10 minutes after they are back on the street it is all forgotten.
same old same old

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 3, 2011
"Holmgren sued the state, the department and the warden, alleging they wrongly fired her for speaking her mind."

And that, dear readers, is how things are done, and have always been done, at MCF-SHK. God-forbid (hah a funny pun) that anyone other than administration proclaim to have a mind of their own, or dare voice a difference of opinion. That is one work environment which strives to dumb the staff down and keep them like intellectually-muted sheeple. It's like a dysfunctional workplace commune in hell. The smart ones get out and move on to real jobs with a real sense of intellectual growth and stimulation (yep I'm one of the smart ones).
Jackpine savage

Glendale, AZ

#4 Mar 3, 2011
Once again, Teflon Tim skates away from any responsibility. Big box church is a long way from his so-called SSP working class. Nice gig that he keeps milking.
Chuck

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Mar 3, 2011
What a scam -$227 thousand hard earned taxpayer dollars to this phony fraud of a preacher woman?

http://www.kristineholmgren.com/index.html

Check out the website. This so-called preacher loves lesbianism and hates on white folks. She never should have be let in the door of that prison to teach her misguided Marxist kook philosophy.
Jim M

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Mar 3, 2011
During my years in parochial school, I was taught to prepare myself for the next world, not the real world and I've come to resent that. I feel its shortcomings have limited my options and made me unable to realize my true potential. Fairy tales and long-dead men don't have answers needed for today.
Vikings Fan

Rochester, MN

#7 Mar 3, 2011
Jim M wrote:
During my years in parochial school, I was taught to prepare myself for the next world, not the real world and I've come to resent that. I feel its shortcomings have limited my options and made me unable to realize my true potential. Fairy tales and long-dead men don't have answers needed for today.
Your extreme dis-like and sarcasm for christian religion is apparent in your post. However, you don't have to be overly religious to understand that the "Ten Commandments" are a reasonable set of principles for any person or family to live by.
joe

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Mar 3, 2011
well,someone stood up for what they believed and won..kool....
NEW PC SPIN DR

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Mar 3, 2011
"...she surveyed objected to how some of the volunteers were framing alcoholism, lesbianism and out-of-wedlock childbearing as sins"

nice job, shakopee HR department, for hiring a dyke in sheeps clothing to be a spiritual 'chaplain'/overseer. why don't you just hire the devil himself?
Spellchecker

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Mar 3, 2011
Opinion wrote:
I agree with Julie, why are we spending tax payers money teaching religion? I am retired law enforcement officer and we always had a saying, If you want to find Christ, look in the jail that where he hangs out. Professing to have found Christ is the easiest way to get of jail and always has been. 10 minutes after they are back on the street it is all forgotten.
Whether the program is fit for a prison population, I don't know, but did you note that it is not funded by "taxpayer money."
RIOT

Madison, WI

#11 Mar 3, 2011
Shame to the system for firing without due cause. Shame on her for complaining not fixing the issue.
It's easy to just flap your jaws it is a lot harder to fix something. As a pastor, why did you not try to fix the issues then just complain about them. Are you really a pastor or just ordained on paper.
Featherbedding Teacher

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Mar 3, 2011
Chuck wrote:
What a scam -$227 thousand hard earned taxpayer dollars to this phony fraud of a preacher woman?
http://www.kristineholmgren.com/index.html
Check out the website. This so-called preacher loves lesbianism and hates on white folks. She never should have be let in the door of that prison to teach her misguided Marxist kook philosophy.

Only in this dystopian marxist state can a prison chaplin get paid for objecting to voluntary programs that offer biblical teachings.
Featherbedding Teacher

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Mar 3, 2011
Jim M wrote:
During my years in parochial school, I was taught to prepare myself for the next world, not the real world and I've come to resent that. I feel its shortcomings have limited my options and made me unable to realize my true potential. Fairy tales and long-dead men don't have answers needed for today.

You are definitely a victim of next-world teaching, and I agree, you will never be able to reach your full potential because of that.
Dru

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Mar 3, 2011
would still be with us if timmy had not let rodriquez out of prison !
heh

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 3, 2011
She's just another lefty religious moonbat. Only that type of "christian" would have a problem with Jesus.
Innocent bystander

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Mar 3, 2011
RIOT wrote:
Shame to the system for firing without due cause. Shame on her for complaining not fixing the issue.
It's easy to just flap your jaws it is a lot harder to fix something. As a pastor, why did you not try to fix the issues then just complain about them. Are you really a pastor or just ordained on paper.
A person can't fix something if she's fired -- can she? A lesser woman would have walked away and licked her wounds. Hooray for Holmgren! We need more clergy like her.
Vikings Fan

Rochester, MN

#20 Mar 3, 2011
Visit this so-called pastor's website!
www.kristineholmgren.com

Now ask yourself, just how the heck did this woman's credentials allow her to get hired as a "pastor" at the woman's prison in Shakopee in the first place! This woman is no more a christian pastor then, a space alien. As a human resources professional for the prison, her credentials would have been enough to raise a red flag over litigation by a female prisoner for sexual mis-conduct.

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adamh2o

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Mar 3, 2011
That's not Jesus, that's Jesús, your new Mexican cellmate...
Jerome

Riverview, FL

#22 Mar 3, 2011
This lesbo dyke, should not be getting a dime from the state. Neither should the idiots that hired her!
Innocent bystander

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Mar 3, 2011
Spellchecker wrote:
<quoted text>Whether the program is fit for a prison population, I don't know, but did you note that it is not funded by "taxpayer money."
This program was found unconstitutional in Iowa because - like here in Minnesota - the IFI Christians are trained by our tax dollars, provided offices and clerical support through our tax dollars - and supervised by our paid prison officials. Sounds like "taxpayer money" to me. Funding Christianity is against the law. Sorry, kids. If you want state sponsored religion, try moving to Iraq.

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