Interestingly, during the trial it turned out that The Satanic Bible hasn't been allowed in Illinois prisons since at least 1990 "because of the potential to incite violence." But attorney Samantha Unsell, representing Halfmann, said, "put the text in the context of taking an eye for an eye in the Old Testament." In her closing argument, Unsell told the judge, "He isn't seeking candles and medallions, he just wants the book."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson decided that "Due to the security risks involved ... Halfmann, like all other state prisoners, should be denied The Satanic Bible."
So, here's the question. There are people in America who believe that the Quran incites violent acts. There are people who believe that modern Pagan faiths are, at their core, based upon dangerous practices. If Kevin Halfmann is denied a copy of his chosen reading material, can inmates of other non-Christian religions be denied theirs as well?
And just a final note: any time I write about anything that has to do with Satanists, I inevitably get half a dozen angry emails from people who are mad that we're even discussing Those People. I have always been of the opinion that those non-mainstream faiths should try, when possible, to present a united front. If you're still not sure why we're talking about them, please be sure to read Stop Talking About Satanists, where it is discussed in further detail.
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