Joie (hymnia) wrote,

Stop censorship in prison libraries

Sojourners, a liberal evangelical Christian publication, has recently sent out the following message:

Imagine walking into your local library, planning to read a theologian such as Reinhold Niebuhr or Karl Barth – or even a best-seller by Jim Wallis or James Dobson.

But instead of finding such important and popular titles, you discover that the religion section had been decimated – stripped of any book that did not appear on a government-approved list.

That's exactly what's happening right now to inmates in federal prisons under a Bush administration policy. As The New York Times put it, "chaplains have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries."

If you would like to join me in opposing this policy, go here to voice your opinion.


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