Let's be honest: In America today, very few people give a damn about rhose who are incarcerated. So, it was especially heartening to learn that the Department of Justice has filed suit against Berkeley County, South Carolina, which has a "Bibles-only" policy for inmates' access to reading materials. The case involves religious freedom, insofar as non-Christian prisoners should be able to access the holy books of their traditions. The Justice Department brief specifically cited the First Amendment's religious guarantees.
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In This Issue
- Talk of Latinos' potential political clout dominates La Raza gathering
- Editorial: Pope Francis' exhortation to walk on the margins makes us squirm
- Philippine church takes lead on Francis' environmental encyclical
- Special Section Preview: Social Justice
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