Coercive Religion in America's Prisons: Unfair Sentence. (Editorials)
A person's beliefs about religion should be irrelevant to the government.
To borrow a phrase from Thomas Jefferson, whether an American believes in 20 gods or no god is none of the state's concern. The government must never grant preferential treatment on the basis of religious belief. That is a central tenet of American life.
That is also the principle being violated in an Iowa state prison right now. At Newton Correctional Facility, inmates who agree to undergo conversion to fundamentalist Christianity through Charles W. Colson's InnerChange Freedom Initiative get benefits that, behind bars, mean a lot--greater safety, better jobs, free phone calls and bathroom …
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Publication information: Article title: Coercive Religion in America's Prisons: Unfair Sentence. (Editorials). Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Church & State. Volume: 56. Issue: 3 Publication date: March 2003. Page number: 14. © 1999 Americans United for Separation of Church and State. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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