An obvious example is the lawsuit against our prison program in Iowa. Programs like ours are working. We have studies to prove it. And they are the best solution to the alienation and rage that fuels conversions to radical Islam, as well as gangs and other hate groups inside the prisons. Making it harder for organizations like Prison Fellowship to operate within prison walls leaves jihadists and other radical groups as the only game in town.
Unfortunately, opponents like Barry Lynn of the Americans United are blind to this, which puts more than the program at risk - because, as we saw in the case of the shoe bomber, Richard Reid, groups that are now operating in the shadows of our prisons are a real danger to us.
For further reading and information:
Today’s BreakPoint offer: Read the articles “Terrorism Behind Bars” (First Things, November 2002) and “How a Muslim Chaplain Spread Extremism to an Inmate Flock” (Wall Street Journal, 5 February 2003) - available to Wall Street Journal subscribers, or call 1-877-322-5527 for a free copy.
Frank Cilluffo, et al., “Out of the Shadows: Getting ahead of Prisoner Radicalization,” George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and University of Virginia Critical Incident Analysis Group, 19 September 2006. (Free Adobe Acrobat Reader required.)
Debra J. Saunders, “Prislam - The Threat from Within,” Townhall.com, 21 September 2006.
Lara Jakes Jordan, “Study: Prisons Can’t Fight Islamic Terror Recruiting,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 25 September 2006.
Alexandra Marks, “Islamist Radicals in Prison: How Many?” Christian Science Monitor, 20 September 2006.