Saturday, September 15, 2007

Religious Book Ban in Prisons Includes Narnia

Prisons bar religious texts

Under a federal rule issued in January, chaplains at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth have quietly removed from the chapel library certain religious texts and materials once available to inmates.

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Initial federal documents told prisons to either donate the removed books or throw them away. Nolan said chaplains are now allowed to store the books somewhere in the facility.

Ponce said the removed materials aren't necessarily gone forever. She said the bureau just wants to rescreen some texts before allowing them back on the shelves.

Plenty of well-known materials made the list, but there also were notable exclusions.

For instance, the list includes many books by C.S. Lewis, but the popular Christian-themed novels "The Chronicles of Narnia" are banned from the Leavenworth prison chapel library.

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