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  •  I can't imagine how it WASN'T deliberately ... (6+ / 0-)


    The diarist:

    Apparently, assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Feldman told U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain that prisons would not allow Muslim texts under the new rules.

    There's nothing remotely like that in the article upon which the diary is based.  In fact, here's what the article actually SAYS on the subject:

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Feldman told U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain that prison libraries limited the number of books for each religion to between 100 and 150 under the new rules. He said officials would expand the number after choosing a new list of permitted books.

    And Feldman also pointed out that this ONLY applied to books in the chapel libraries, and that prisoners were permitted to have their own religious books:

    Feldman said inmates are permitted to order books on their own and bypass the chapel libraries. "So fundamentally this is not a case about what books the inmates have the ability to read," he said.

    Like it or not, there ARE radical Islamist groups that see the prisons as a good recruiting ground, just as groups like the White Aryan Brotherhood do so.  Should the BOP let leaders of white supremacist organizations come in from outside to lead "worship" services, or have their literature, some of which claims to be religious, in the chapel libraries?

    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security." -Ben Franklin

    by leevank on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 04:20:50 AM PDT

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    •  Also some very pointed editing. (9+ / 0-)

      Parts of the passage below are included:

      Three inmates at Otisville filed a lawsuit over the policy, saying their Constitutional rights were violated. They say all religions were affected.

      "The set of books that have been taken out have been ones that we used to minister to new converts when they come in here," inmate John Okon, speaking on behalf of the prison's Christian population, told a judge last week.

      Okon said it was unfortunate because "I have really seen religion turn around the life of some of these men, especially in the Christian community."

      But the part about "all religions being affected" is left out.  I agree that the removal of books is a bad thing, and quite probably targeted towards removal of "radical" Islamic texts, but all the editorializing about how now Christianity is the only acceptable form of worship, etc., is inappropriate to the article in question and is taking advantage of people's anti-Christian-right prejudices here.

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