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Sep 11 2007
Bush Admin purges religious texts from prisons!?!?

Here's a weird one. A story in the New York Times claims that prisons are being forced to remove most religious books from their libraries.

I'm sure that some right-wingers are going to assume that this is because the ACLU or FFRF are insisting, but that's not what it is at all. I'll explain below that these groups are probably going to end up fighting against this purge.

No, apparently, it is the government which is trying to get rid of a few books they think "incite violence". So, they made a list of just a small number of "approved" books on religion, and all others must be gotten rid of.

This is exactly the opposite of what groups like the ACLU, FFRF and American's United want. We do not want the government deciding which religious ideas are okay and which are not, which are approved and which are rejected, etc. The whole point of freedom of religion is that the government should have nothing to do with it.

I am really curious to know if books by atheists are "approved". Can prisoners read "Why I am Not a Christian" by Bertrand Russell or "The Blind Watchmaker" by Richard Dawkins? Or has "the decider" decided that these are not appropriate religious ideas in "his" country?

Read the article here.

Sep 11 2007
SHL could try donating books to find out

Maybe the SHL could try donating freethought books to find out if they would be accepted. I bet there aren't many freethought books available in prison libraries.

I'm annoyed with the NY Times for not making the list available.


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