September 11, 2007

Fired up about faith texts

Few things incite anger more anger for me than withholding information that is legal and viable to human beings. I say "human beings" in this case because I am talking about prisoners--not the general public. These prisoners are being constricted to certain faith books that are decided by others. The rest of the books, according to the NY Times are taken from their collections.

I don't usually write things concerning current events because people usually misconstrue what I say, but this is disturbing.

Though I don't know what the history is of the correctional facility library system, I find it interesting that only faith books are being censored because of the chance of prisoners becoming extremists. Okay, so we have a few cases of that. There's Hitler writing Mein Kampf in prison. There's prisoners plotting escape and revenge in prison.

However, and I'm not a Polyanna in saying so, there's also the real chance for redemption in prison, and in another sense: "correction" (at least that's what we're supposed to be inciting).

I contend that there are many stories of people finding God or faith or some kind of spiritual system in prison; and no matter what the faith stance, a wide variety of books and perspectives is necessary to truly understand one's faith and the revelations of others, be they moderate or extremist views. The reader should judge and live accordingly to what is revealed to themselves by God (or the absence thereof) and themselves. The choices should not be based on what others have found the books to reveal.

And why faith books? There could be an argument down the road that all books should be censored, or maybe just computer technology books, or maybe books on survival skills? What about The Catcher in the Rye? Are these next to go?

The prison population is growing in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice statistics from 2006, 2,245,189 people are in prison. A huge population in America are receiving censored book listings on one of the foundations of this country: freedom of faith.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 11, 2007 10:32 AM | TrackBack

AMANDA! I miss you! Hope things are going great!

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