Thursday, September 27, 2007


After reports of the purging of religious books from prison libraries surfaced, the US Department of Prisons is putting the books back:
Facing pressure from religious groups, civil libertarians and members of Congress, the federal Bureau of Prisons has decided to return religious materials that had been purged from prison chapel libraries because they were not on the bureau’s lists of approved resources.

The bureau had said it was prompted to remove the materials after a 2004 Department of Justice report mentioned that religious books that incite violence could infiltrate chapel libraries.

After the details of the removal became widely known this month, Republican lawmakers, liberal Christians and evangelical talk shows all criticized the government for creating a list of acceptable religious books.

The bureau has not abandoned the idea of creating such lists, Judi Simon Garrett, a spokeswoman, said in an e-mail message. But rather than packing away everything while those lists were compiled, the religious materials will remain on the shelves, Ms. Garrett explained.

In an e-mail message Wednesday, the bureau said: “In response to concerns expressed by members of several religious communities, the Bureau of Prisons has decided to alter its planned course of action with respect to the Chapel Library Project.

I'll point out that it was after the problem was posted on Theosebes that the reversal was made. Coincidence? You decide...


Dave said...


I'll use this as an example to teach my English students the logical fallacy "post hoc ergo propter hoc."

Since I remember your aptitude in Latin, you may want someone to translate that for you.

Alan said...

Hey--I've had Latin!