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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sojourners calls for letters about prison book purge.

Following up on last week's New York Times article reporting that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has been systematically removing all religious books from prison libraries that aren't on its unreleased list of "approved" books — a list that leaves everything off from Maimonides to Reinhold Niebuhr to Rick Warren — Sojourners has launched a letter-writing campaign protesting the purge. You can find links to more about the prison policy in my earlier post.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 18 September 2007 at 9:46 PM

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hafidha sofia:

September 19, 2007 08:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

What are they doing with all of the removed books? Donating them to public libraries? Selling them back to used book stores?


September 21, 2007 11:57 AM | Permalink for this comment

The New York Times published the lists of approved religious books developed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. There is no list of Unitarian Universalist books among them, although there are a handful of Beacon Press titles on the General Spirituality list, including "The Spiritual Emerson." I've been unable so far to find Jack Mendelsohn's "Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age: Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist," Forrest Church and John Buehrens's "A Chosen Faith," any of Forrest Church's other books, or anything published by the UUA or Skinner House Books.

("Critics right and left protest book removals," Laurie Goodstein, New York Times 9.21.07; via The Wild Hunt)

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