Judge to North Carolina Prisons: Humanism Is a Faith Group

Apr 3, 2018

By Gary D. Robinson

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina prison system must recognize humanism as a faith group and allow its adherents behind bars to meet and study their beliefs, a federal judge has ruled in an order released Thursday.

The American Humanist Association and a North Carolina inmate serving a life sentence for murder sued state Department of Public Safety officials in 2015. They accused prison leaders of violating the religious establishment and equal protection clauses of the Constitution by repeatedly denying recognition the requests of the inmate, Kwame Jamal Teague.

In the order, U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle wrote that prison officials failed to justify treating humanism differently from those religions that are recognized behind bars. Boyle also ordered the state to adjust its computer system so prisoners who declare themselves humanists can be registered under that group.

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One comment on “Judge to North Carolina Prisons: Humanism Is a Faith Group”

  • @OP – The North Carolina prison system must recognize humanism as a faith group and allow its adherents behind bars to meet and study their beliefs, a federal judge has ruled in an order released Thursday.

    Humanism is a philosophy which provides an alternative world view to the dogmatic views of “faith-groups”, and as such its members should be recognised as entitled to equal treatment as “faith-groups”.

    The fact that Humanism is not based on blind faith in dogmas, should in no way detract from from the rights or merits of those who take a Humanist view of society and wish to study evidence based ethics!



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