A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections announced Monday that the department was reviewing its affiliation with the controversial ex-gay ministry Corduroy Stone of Lansing.

“The department’ position is that when you are ministering to a group or even an individual that the content of that not be defamatory or derogatory,” said John Cordell, a department spokesman. “We have shut down ministries in the past for doing just that [being defamatory or derogatory].”

Corduroy Stone, and its founder Mike Jones, have been under national scrutiny for months after 24-year-old Lansing resident Patrick McAlvey told the national organization Truth Wins Out of his experience with the ministry.

“I think it’ terrific they are looking further into this mess,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “Corduroy Stone doesn’t have the credibility to continue and is a threat to public health if allowed to continue.”

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