Federal prisons agree inmates can be ‘humanists’

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Prisoners in Sugar Land, Texas, celebrate 10 years, graduation and baptisms along with daily life in the a prison unit served by the InnerChange program developed by Christian ministry Prison Fellowship. Courtesy of Kevin Vandiver

Prisoners in Sugar Land, Texas, celebrate 10 years, graduation and baptisms along with daily life in the a prison unit served by the InnerChange program developed by Christian ministry Prison Fellowship. Courtesy of Kevin Vandiver

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(RNS) Under the settlement, the Federal Bureau of Prisons agreed to acknowledge humanism as a “worldview” and allow its adherents the same rights and recognition enjoyed by inmates of other faiths.

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  • Greg

    It is interesting to see humanism lowering itself from its self aggrandizing position as being above religion to one of equality.

  • Chaplain Martin

    “As humanists, we believe in the ability of mankind to transcend their differences and find some common ground,you know, make the world a better place.” High hopes and similar to statements I’ve hear from several humanist I’ve known in the counseling profession. These folks also attended seminars on spirituality led by ministers of the profession and found it helpful in understand their religious clients. They expressed a willingness to help the client build on their spiritual understanding.

    On the other hand, having served as a clinical chaplain for a state prison and knowing inmates (felons), the “better than” game and put downs, plus constantly seeking special benefits will be the name of the game. A clinically trained chaplain wither or not he/she is a humanist is needed.

    A big however, I partly agree with Greg that so many humanist do take the view or being better than those religious inside or outside of prison. Just look at the comments on this web site.

  • Billysees

    “As humanists, we believe in the ability of mankind to transcend their differences and find some common ground, you know, make the world a better place”, inmate Holden said.

    That’s a great comment reflecting a great attitude.

    But some ‘righteousness’, that can be obtained from the Christian faith, is necessary so Mr. Holden wont do armed robbery anymore.

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