Jul 20 2015
MIAMI: Muslim prisoners ready to sue over not being given special costly halal (Islamic-approved) food
Hey, they could always go on a hunger strike. Or eat what everybody else eats. Muslim inmates in facilities within the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department complain that they’ve been forced to eat food prohibited by their religion since last October.
HUFFPOST Adhering to a halal diet, the prisoners have frequently been given kosher meals, which the Islamic Services of America explains is not a viable substitution. (That’s funny, when they try to convince you that halal slaughter is not barbaric, they always say it is just like Kosher. Obviously, it is not: barbaric-halal-slaughter-vs-kosher-slaughter)
“[Providing halal meals is] mandated again under federal law,” said Nancy Abudu, legal director of the ACLU of Florida. (NO, it isn’t. As long as there is no pork in the meal, that’s enough)“Specifically the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ensures religious liberty, free speech, as well as the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause, which says that Muslim inmates must be treated fairly and the same as other inmates when it comes to requests for religious accommodations.”
Thania Diaz Clevenger, the civil rights director for designated terrorist group CAIR Florida, initially gave the MDCR the benefit of the doubt when responding to inmates complaints, thinking the situation was “just a misunderstanding” and that the MDCR was missing the difference between halal and kosher. However, when she provided resources and spent time educating them on what “Islamic beliefs are in regards to diet,” she was ultimately ignored.
“It was just kind of shocking to us that we were just met with continual hesitation to simply go back to either their old policy or even have halal meals meals instituted, which would actually save the corrections facility some money, as opposed to buying kosher meals,” Clevenger said.
“People don’t shed their fundamental human rights when they go behind prison bars.” “There are some limits, but the fundamental right to religious liberty should not be one of those.”