June 5, 2005

Supreme Court Upholds Prisoners' Religious Freedom

Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported that Supreme Court Upheld Prisoners' Religious Freedom:

A unanimous Supreme Court ruling reaffirmed religious liberty.

The court upheld the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), a federal law that prohibits government from limiting prisoners' religious freedom without first showing a compelling reason.

The lawsuit was brought by adherents of “nonmainstream” religions: the
Satanist, Wicca, and Asatru religions, and the Church of
Jesus Christ Christian who claimed the Ohio prison system failed to accomodate free exercise of religion.

We have had problems with several state prisons not delivering Druidic materials to inmates.