People so engrossed in separation of church and state have taken away prison reading material having to do with faith. They also must believe prisoners need not be reformed while in prison…why else would they ignore the positive influence books on faith can have?
Fortunately, there seems to be an uprising in the making, protesting the Bureau of Prisons action. Prisoners may get to see the light of day again, even if it is only found in a book.
This from the NY Times:
Critics Right and Left Protest Book Removals
The federal Bureau of Prisons is under pressure from members of Congress and religious groups to reverse its decision to purge the shelves of prison chapel libraries of all religious books and materials that are not on the bureau’s lists of approved resources.
Outrage over the bureau’s decision has come from both conservatives and liberals, who say it is inappropriate to limit inmates to a religious reading list determined by the government.
The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of some of the most conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives, sent a letter on Wednesday to the bureau’s director, Harley G. Lappin, saying, “We must ensure that in America the federal government is not the undue arbiter of what may or may not be read by our citizens.”