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Inmates Sue After Prisons Ban Religious Books

Inmates Sue After Prisons Ban Religious Books

(CBS) OTISVILLE, N.Y. Inmates at the federal prison camp in Otisville, N.Y., were stunned at what they saw at the chapel library on Memorial Day: Hundreds of books disappeared from the shelves. The removal of the books is occurring nationwide — part of a long-delayed post-Sept. 11 federal directive designed to prevent radical religious texts, specifically Islamic ones, from falling into the hands of violent inmates. Three inmates from Otisville filed a lawsuit over the policy, saying their Constitutional rights were violated. They say all religions were affected — Islamic prayer books, Christian books, and ancient Jewish texts were among those removed.

Since the ban applies to all religious books equally, I don't see the problem. Now if they could only be replaced with philosophy and humanist literature…


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