Federal Judge Orders N.C. Prisons To Recognize Humanism.


A federal judge on March 29 ruled that a North Carolina prison must give Humanist prisoners the same rights granted to prisoners of other faiths.

Kwame Teague, 45, a New Jersey native who is incarcerated in North Carolina's prison system, has been asking prison officials to recognize Humanism for the past six years. The recognition would allow him and other Humanist prisoners to meet to discuss and study their beliefs--a right that is granted to other faith groups.

After prison officials had repeatedly refused Teague's requests, the American Humanist Association (AHA) filed a federal lawsuit, Teague v. Perry, on his behalf.

The lawsuit contends prison officials are violating Teague's constitutional right to religious freedom. Ruling in Teague's favor, U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle wrote that officials had failed to justify treating Humanism differently from other religions that...

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