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Stop censorship in prison libraries - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Mon, Sep. 24th, 2007 06:47 pm
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.

Joie

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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Tue, Sep. 25th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)

What the heck? Why would chaplains be purging religious books? I mean, isn't the point of a chaplain to nourish the spiritual life of the inmates? Gah. Idiocy.


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warrioreowyn
warrioreowyn
warrioreowyn
Tue, Sep. 25th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)

That makes no sense at all. Not only is it contrary to logic to remove books on spiritual matters from prison libraries, given the potential redemptive power of religious writings, it is completely contrary to the Bush Administration's vocal support of religion in society.

I'm completely confused.


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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Tue, Sep. 25th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)

Exactly! I forgot to put in the part about Bush being supposedly all about supporting religion, but I was confused about that, too. I mean, I agree that we have perhaps let some prisons become too much like cushy away camps, but to take away something that has the potential of actually reforming the prisoners? No sense whatsoever.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Sep. 25th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)

See my comment to warrioreowyn.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Sep. 25th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)

The problem originally stemmed from a desire to get rid of works that would support fundamentalist beliefs that might incite violence (read: radical Islam). Hence a list of "approved" religious works was used, and all sorts of books, not just the kinds initially targeted, were removed because of their omission from the approved list. I suggest reading the New York Times article here for more information.


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