A Right To Preach Behind Bars

Howard Thompson Jr. — a 45-year-old prisoner serving 30 years to life for murder and robbery, and also an ordained Pentecostal minister — won a settlement that allows him to preach at services inside the prison. Thompson had been conducting weekly worship services until prison officials issued a 2007 ban on inmate preaching. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on his behalf, seeking to lift the ban on the grounds it restricted his religious freedom. The settlement applies only to Thompson. [FoxNews.com]