As we all know, today marks the 6th anniversary of the dreadful 9/11 attack on U.S. soil. Reflecting on the past six years it's easy to recognize notable strides our country has taken to prevent another similar attack, but we're far from achieving immunity.
Unfortunately, I can't help but question several of the "safety" measures enacted by our government, with some being downright laughable. But the policies that bother me most are the broad, sweeping regulations that practically throw the baby out with the bathwater in the name of public safety. Apparently finding solutions that work is just too hard. Take, for instance, a new policy enacted by our own Bureau of Prisons (BOP): a prime example -- in my personal opinion -- of a regulation that seeks to address a public concern the easy way.
The NY Times relayed the issue well in what became the most emailed story of the day yesterday, "Prisons Purge Books on Faith from Libraries." Now, if that doesn't just scream "lawsuit," then I don't know what does. And that's just what the BOP got: a class-action lawsuit. Good for them.
Now, I would heartily contend that some action by the BOP in this area was appropriate. Books inciting violence should not be permitted within prison walls. But perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised to see the Bureau take the easy road and just randomly start burning books, regardless of their content. If one book is bad, they must all be bad... unless the government randomly declares them safe. Hmmm, puts one in mind of communist China.
â€œItâ€™s swatting a fly with a sledgehammer," Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley said. "Thereâ€™s no need to get rid of literally hundreds of thousands of books that are fine simply because you have a problem with an isolated book or piece of literature that presents extremism.â€