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RELIGION: What’s the link to white supremacism?

Letter by Emelyn S. McKay, University Place on June 6, 2011 at 11:19 am with 16 Comments »
June 6, 2011 3:21 pm

Re: “Court lets inmate fight for racist literature” (TNT, 6-4).

Is a convicted murderer entitled to receive hate-filled white supremacist material? A lower court says no. But the sixth U.S. Circuit Court of appeals ruled that barring the prisoner from receiving the mailings may violate a federal law “that strengthens religious freedom in prison.”

If there’s a connection between hate-filled white supremacist material and religion I’m missing it.

No wonder our courts are backlogged.

 

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  1. KARDNOS says:

    White supremists claim to be Christian and following God’s desire that everyone be caucasian. They found it in the Bible, just like all of the other stuff that people use to display bias towards others.

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    KARRDNOS

    if this story had been about denying hate material to a muslim you would be defending the right of the muslim to have access to his hate material.

    It’s called free speech and it is a right.

    collective bargaining and gay marriage IS NOT A RIGHT!

    A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. –G Gordon Liddy

  3. sue1234 says:

    You dont get to chose what another people think is religious. What would you say if i said the bible is a book of lies, myths and delusions, therefore should be banned?

    REPUBLICANS you do NOT REPRESENT AMERICANS…

  4. theglovesRoff says:

    Thanks for the insight, Sum….

  5. Liddy? We should listen to Liddy?

  6. KARDNOS says:

    Polago…..Liddy is a wonderful man…..I mean, he found Jesus in jail and everything….

  7. LarryFine says:

    So the alts have weighed in… n_k.

  8. Bill of Rights, Article IX.

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

  9. I personally feel like inmates should lose their 1st Amendment rights while in prison. Not even school kids get to really have such rights without repercussions from administrations. It’s annoying. I won’t even get started on how because of their rights they’ve made a business out of making frivolous records requests of public agencies, and then sue and force the taxpayers to pay them. Fortunately I think the legislature has finally made efforts to stop that. If you commit a felony, you should not have the same rights other then basic human right that ordinary, non-felons have. You’ve made the choice to be scum, so you should have to feel the effects of that choice.

  10. As said earlier, you don’t get to decide what religion is to some people. If it’s o.k. for a muslim to be issued a prayer rug, have his Koran handled by a guard who must be wearing gloves so as not to besmirch his “holy book”, and allow them to have every amenity they want to do their version of prayer, why question what another person decides what he wants to practice his style of religion. One size fits all.

  11. Sadly, white supremacists have cloaked their hatred in a false representation of Christianity regardless of the fact that the majority of Christians find what they stand for and what they do reprehensible.

    I’m with Jonald here, unless someone convinces me otherwise. Getting put into jail is about removing one from society because you have proven yourself incapable of living IN society. Why should an inmate sustain all the same rights as one living on the outside. Of course, I am not suggesting the denial of basic human rights, so please, don’t jump on that anyone….but it seems that by definition, JAIL denies rights to people. no?

  12. Jonald and Sozo,
    The only thing Constitutional Right you lose in jail is the right to vote, and the right to bare arms.

  13. KARDNOS says:

    “frosty says:
    June 7, 2011 at 7:47 am
    As said earlier, you don’t get to decide what religion is to some people. If it’s o.k. for a muslim to be issued a prayer rug, have his Koran handled by a guard who must be wearing gloves so as not to besmirch his “holy book”

    Gee…and I thought they wore those gloves to protect themselves from disease

  14. KARDNOS says:

    xring – I don’t think sleeves are required :)

  15. KARDNOS says:

    “sozo says:
    June 7, 2011 at 10:07 am
    Sadly, white supremacists have cloaked their hatred in a false representation of Christianity regardless of the fact that the majority of Christians find what they stand for and what they do reprehensible.”

    Sadly, they were allowed to operate quite openly with the hatred for about 150 years in this country and were given a free pass by many Christians

  16. Prior to the Civil War the Bible/Christianity was used to justify and to condemn Slavery.

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