FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT RELIGIONS

First I want to start off by saying the reason I started writing this is due to an article I read recently about a female prison inmate. She was serving a 3 year sentence for a non-violent offense. She asked for her Bible and was denied. Each time she asked for her Bible or anything to do with her Religion she was told by prison employees that her Religion was “prohibited”.

This was the Religion she was raised with. She knew no other. The prison Chaplain was brought in to speak to her. She explained the she asked for her Bible and was denied. The Chaplain screamed obscenities and threats at her. She filed a complaint. Shortly after her personal effects were stripped from her cell. These included underwear, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, pillows, blankets, legal paper work and correspondence with her attorney.

Before I tell you what her Bible or Religion is, imagine living like that for 4 to 6 months. One pair of underwear and nothing else. Cold, dirty, and the other prisoners response to you. That’s if you get to see anyone and you are not in solitary. The smell of your oily, knotted hair, itching at the scalp. The film on your teeth and the ache in your back. The silence slowly driving you mad.

The Bible she requested was The Satanic Bible. Federal law requires prisons to accommodate the religious practices and beliefs of inmates. The Supreme Court recently upheld this law.

The female inmate I refer to is suing The Corrections Corporation of America and 3 of it’s employees, including the Chaplain. Personally I would’ve thought a Chaplain to be more educated in the teachings of The Satanic Bible and be able to see it for what it is and what it is not.

Today I don’t know if I have the energy to write about The Satanic Bible, how it began, and how it has nothing to do with Satan. Let alone the plagiarism aspect of it. Maybe I’ll save it for another day.

 

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