Dangerous Ideas

TitleDangerous Ideas
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2009
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsINTELLECTUAL freedom , Law
AbstractFollowing 9/11 fears of terrorism lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation to restrict prisoners' access to religious books. To counteract the threat of radical religious groups recruiting members, gaining influence, or promoting terrorist ideas in U.S. prisons, the Federal Bureau of Prisons compiled list of around 150 "noncontroversial" books and multimedia materials for each of twenty major religions. Materials not included on this list were to be removed from prison libraries. The move brought together outraged prisoners, conservative advocates of religious freedom, and liberal supporters of civil liberties opposed to these restrictions.
NotesCase Study from the 2009 National Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2009, http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
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