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calendar   Tuesday - May 31, 2005

SCOTUS Promotes Religion

The Supreme Court this week decided that prisoners must be provided with religious materials or states risk losing federal funding for their prisons ....

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a federal law requiring state prisons to accommodate inmate religions.

Justices unanimously sided with Ohio inmates, including a witch and a Satanist, who had claimed they were denied access to religious literature, ceremonial items and time to worship.

Oh, really? Must our prisons now maintain a supply of goat blood and chicken feathers in addition to the TV’s, exercise equipment and other “perks” our nation’s criminals need in order to do hard time?

“It confers no privileged status on any particular religious sect, and singles out no bona fide faith for disadvantageous treatment,” Ginsburg wrote.

The law requires states that receive federal money to accommodate prisoners’ religious beliefs unless wardens can show that the accommodation would be disruptive.

Opponents of the law had argued that inmate requests for particular diets, special haircuts or religious symbols could make it harder to manage prisons.

“We do not read (the law) to elevate accommodation of religious observances over an institution’s need to maintain order and safety,” wrote Ginsburg. “We have no cause to believe that (the law) would not be applied in an appropriately balanced way, without sensitivity to security concerns.”

Wouldn’t you know the court’s designated Liberal Moonbat would write the opinion? She, along with the rest of her liberal buddies seem intent on providing more confort to the criminals than normal people are allowed on the outside. Why bother to be a law-abiding citizen when you’re much better off inside the Big House with the government catering to your every need, waiting on you, hand and foot?


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Posted by Ronald Reagan's Ghost   United States  on 05/31/2005 at 11:06 AM   
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