AU Urges Federal Appeals Court To End Discrimination Against Humanist Prisoner In Nevada.


Americans United on Feb. 27 urged a federal appeals court to stop Nevada's Department of Corrections from discriminating against a Humanist prisoner.

AU joined the Freedom From Religion Foundation in filing a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Benjamin Espinosa, a Humanist who is imprisoned in Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center. For more than three years, Espinosa has been trying to form a Humanist study group so that he and like-minded prisoners can gather to discuss their beliefs. But prison officials have refused Espinosa's request, even though adherents of more than two dozen theistic faith groups are permitted to gather and discuss their views. The American Humanist Association is representing Espinosa in court.

"Like the rights of all Americans, the rights of prisoners should never depend on whether they believe in a divine authority," said AU Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser. "Prisons should give Humanist inmates the same rights that other inmates have to observe and study their beliefs."

That's why AU filed...

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