Saturday, April 28, 2012

Federal Judge Enforces Sharia-Compliance in Ohio Prisons

In 2011, death row inmate Abdul Awkal sued an Ohio prison because he was receiving non-halal food while in prison. As a consequence, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction banned all pork products in prison.

This year, prisoner James Rivers filed a lawsuit arguing that pork should not be outright banned. He reasoned that, should Muslims not want to eat pork, they had the right to, but that it was discriminatory to ban pork for everyone. Additionally, the prison did offer meals without pork products in them before the ban.

To reinforce Rivers's lawsuit, prison authorities argued that the change to all-halal food could potentially "bankrupt the system." Despite all of this, a federal judge has thrown out Rivers's case, refusing to even hear it in court.

The judge stated that forcing non-Muslims to adhere to a Muslim diet is not the establishment of a religion because everyone eats the same food. He did not comment on the fact that, before the lawsuit by Awkal, all prisoners ate the same food in the first place.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction: Now Serving only Halal food
Former Navy Chaplain Dr. Gordon Klingenschmitt, in response to the ruling, stated:
"This is another example of the Islamicization [sic] of America. It's establishing Islam as the state religion of the prison system," Klingenschmitt contends. "The judge's reasoning is this: He said as long as all of the prisoners are forced to eat the same food, then there's no discrimination taking place. In other words, if he enforces Muslim law equally, then there's no establishment of religion. I think that's wrong, and I pray this is overturned on the appeal."
There is no word as to whether another lawsuit will be launched.

Update: Pundit Press has learned that the federal judge's name is James S. Gwin.

Update Two: You can see the entire court ruling here.

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  1. why don't we just throw the cards in and let the Muslims rule the country....they are ruining every aspect of this great country...and we sit by and watch the country go down the shit hole of Sharia law....and do nothing.

    1. What are you doing for one getting the truth is always good who said christians way I believe in a very powerful presence that created all things. I believe not in heaven or any after life if any thing you go to the grave thats it you die dead is dead nothingness. I believe a man named Jesus was on this earth teaching those to be opened to love and to guide the ignorant. The ignorant are violent because they lack the esteem to know any better. They are all mentally retarded all you religious folks.

  2. Look if they don't want to eat some of the food that is prepared fine. But to have everyone who is not a muslim have to eat their diet is totally wrong. Besides this is nothing more than a ruse. If a muslim eats off a plate that 'infidels' eat from they defile themselves. Didn't hear that as being one of the demands.

  3. The bulk of these people in jail are the nation of islam morons, not even true muslims. Imagine when the professional grievance-mongers get involved as oppose to these low-rent d-bags.

  4. No Bacon is cruel and unusual!!!

  5. Clinton appointee.

  6. your logic is like a box of rocks... Thank you for bringing teh stupid..

  7. So... forcing everyone to follow Muslim rules is not an establishment of religion, as long as everyone is forced to follow the Muslim rules... which I thought was pretty much the definition of officially establishing something.

    Does that work the same way if everyone is forced to follow Christian rules (or Buddhist, or whatever), or is it only Muslims that are allowed to force their religious practices on everyone else?