Second, religion provides demonstrable social benefits. For example, Dr. Byron Johnson of the
The abuse of prisoners? religious liberties is why Prison Fellowship supports the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), signed into law in 2000. The law promptly came under attack, and the Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case that will determine whether prisoners? access to religious materials and programs can be protected by congressional action.
On this Sunday, Religious Freedom Day, get your church and your friends to join in praying that the Court will uphold this statute. The religious liberty of prisoners must be protected; nowhere do the lost need the Gospel more.
For further reading and information:
Today?s BreakPoint offer: Justice Fellowship?s booklet ?Religion Behind Bars? is an important resource for prison volunteers, chaplains, corrections officials, and prisoners to help them understand the rights of prisoners to practice their religion and the reasonable limitations on those rights that may be permissible.
Learn more about the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
Adelle M. Banks, ?Appeals Court Upholds Law Protecting Prisoners? Religious Rights,? Beliefnet,
Pat Nolan, When Prisoners Return (Prison Fellowship, 2004).
For more information on criminal justice reform and religious freedom for prisoners, visit Justice Fellowship?s website.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050107, ?The First Freedom: Religious Freedom Day.?
Learn more about InnerChange Freedom Initiative.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030618, ?Shutting the Revolving Door: IFI and Texas.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030701, ?Anatomy of a Conversion: Prison Programs and the Public Good.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030214, ?The Risk of Doing Good: Lawsuits and Faith-Based Solutions.?