N.C. prison sued over ban on humanist groups.

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The North Carolina Department of Corrections and a state prison are being sued for prohibiting prisoners from forming humanist groups. The lawsuit alleges that the Lanesboro Correctional Institution and the department violated the First Amendment because they do not recognize humanism or other non-theistic belief systems as an official category.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) filed the Teague v. Perry suit on behalf of a humanist inmate at Lanesboro. Kwame Jamal Teague, a member of the AHA and of the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle, has repeatedly submitted paperwork to have his belief system recognized only to have his application rejected. The lawsuit also alleges that the department's Director of Chaplaincy Services, Betty Brown, failed to contact the...

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