Thursday, January 31, 2008

Storm Track Appeasement: Muslim Inmate Suit Dismissed

Let’s not hold you breathe but it seems we’ve had a minor victory in pushing back the appeasement of Muslims.

Muslim inmates at our prisons have been stirring up trouble because their religious wishes have not been catered to. They’re suing the US government over the disappearance of copies of the Quran and a prayer rug.

But it seems at least one US government branch has grown a spine. The US Supreme Court. At least until the dhimmis get Shari’a law as the law of the land.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that a Muslim inmate cannot sue the government over the disappearance of the prisoner's copies of the Quran and a prayer rug.

Abdus-Shahid M.S. Ali says the missing books and rug reflect widespread harassment against Muslim inmates in federal, state and local prisons stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Ali is serving a sentence of 20 years to life in prison for committing first-degree murder in the District of Columbia.)

Besides the two copies of the Quran and the prayer rug, Ali is missing stamps and other personal items worth $177 that he says never showed up after his transfer from a federal penitentiary in Atlanta to Big Sandy penitentiary at Inez, Ky., in 2003. He said the last time he saw the now-missing items was when he turned them over to a prison supervisor in Atlanta.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Ali had no case and the law suit should be thrown out. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for a majority that cut across ideological grounds, agreed with the lower courts. Thomas said the law "forecloses lawsuits against the United States for the unlawful detention of property by 'any,' not just 'some,' law enforcement officers". Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and, surprisingly, Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Thomas. The dissenters were Justices Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and John Paul Stevens.

Justice Kennedy, often the 'swing vote', spoke for the dissenters: "The seizure of property by an officer raises serious concerns for the liberty of our people and the act should not be read to permit appropriation of property without a remedy". Once again, Kennedy showed he cannot be relied upon to make the correct decision in cases before the court; no conservative is he.

But this part of the article takes the cake.

Of course the primary issue Ali based his suit on is that because he has "practiced his faith to the fullest" he has been subjected to prison officials repeatedly confiscating and destroying his legal and religious property. Ali said he has been harassed for his religious beliefs "year after year" in both the District of Columbia Department of Corrections and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Let’s see. He’s being harassed for his belief not because he is a murderer. It’s always the religion. They’re always the victim.

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    Larry Houle

    Jail toilets face away from Mecca

    Facilities in a prison are being built so Muslim inmates do not have to face Mecca while sitting on the toilet.

    The Home Office said two new toilet blocks are being installed as part of a refurbishment at Brixton jail in south London.
    Faith leaders had told prison bosses it was unacceptable for Muslim inmates to face Mecca while using the toilet.

    "The refurbishment has been carried out with due consideration for all faiths", a Home Office spokeswoman said.

    "Following consultation with faith leaders within the prison, various small adjustments were made to ensure the faith issues of all prisoners are taken into account."
    She added: "The money spent did not affect the overall cost of the refurbishment programme."

    By Blogger personalrep1, at 11:53 AM  

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