Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fahrenheit 451?

I just read something disconcerting in an email from Sojourners [ ]... apparently U.S. prisons have started purging and banning books, particularly religious books:

"Prison libraries limited the number of books for each religion to between 100 and 150 under new rules created after a 2004 U.S. Department of Justice review of how prisons choose Muslim religious services providers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Feldman said." -- [Assosciated Press]

Prisons Purging Books on Faith From Libraries

Among the banned books are seemingly innocuous titles like: "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner and "The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rev. Rick Warren. Weird. The excuse, of course, was that religious books were being used as tools to recruit terrorists. Just how long will it be before certain religious books start disappearing from public libraries? Is someone trying to resurrect the Spanish Inquisition?

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