Bureaucracy generally moves slowly. In spring of 2004, the Justice Department issued a warning that there was a radical Islamist influence in the prisons. A couple of weeks ago, in response to that warning, the federal Bureau of Prisons began the “Standardized Chapel Library Project”. The BoP worked with “experts” and compiled a list of non controversial lists of books for each of the major religions. Anything not on the list was to be banned from the prison libraries. The idea of banning books, even for prisoners, was incredibly offensive to many people and a class action lawsuit was initiated. Under the onslaught of criticism, the BoP announced today that all books removed from the libraries would be replaced other than those with “material that could be radicalizing or incite violence.”
Via New York Times.