Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 5:37 pm | Updated: 4:30 pm, Mon Jun 25, 2012.
Church protests insurance rules for sex offenders
"An Oregon church is challenging a requirement by its insurance company that it disclose the identity of sex offenders to other congregants, allow offenders to attend only one predetermined service and assign them an escort.
Pastor Chad McComas of Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford said his church disclosed that known sex offenders were among the 100 members. Church Mutual insurance company on May 1 responded with a letter outlining requirements to continue an insurance policy.
Besides announcing disclosing the names of sex offenders, limiting them to one service and providing escorts, the church is required to keep sex offenders out of child or youth programs.
McComas told the Mail Tribune that the rules will have a chilling effect on disclosure."