Wyoming is going the extra mile for its Muslim prison inmates to make sure they can practice their religion fully and freely, down to the finest detail.
You’ll notice that the ACLU, rather than defending the right of conservative radio commentators to broadcast unimpeded on the airwaves, or resisting the regulation of political speech on the internet, chooses instead to insist that Muslim convicts are not inconvenienced by any disruption of their prayer times.
If Christians made similar demands, would they be accommodated? It used to be that a prisoner was allowed to have a Bible in his cell and a crucifix on the wall behind his bed — no more elaborate accommodations were required or offered.
But suppose a devout Catholic from a monastic background wanted to celebrate Matins, Lauds, Prime, Tierce , Sext, Nones, Vespers, and Compline at their proper times every day, and with full liturgical rigor. Would the prison authorities accommodate his demands?
In any case, Wyoming’s Muslim cons are getting what they asked for, including a special microwave. According to Billings Gazette:
Muslim Inmates at Rawlins Accommodated
CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Department of Corrections says it will allow Muslim inmates at the state penitentiary in Rawlins to time their meals to accommodate their daily prayers.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit earlier this year on behalf of two Muslim inmates. The lawsuit challenged a prison rule requiring inmates to eat their meals within 20 minutes after delivery, saying the policy forced them to choose between eating meals and praying.
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U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer approved an agreement on Wednesday that allows prisoners receiving religious meals to keep their meals in their cells until the next meal is served. It also requires the prison to install a new microwave for inmates that won’t be used for pork, which is forbidden to Muslims and members of some other religions.
Stephen Pevar, a lawyer with the ACLU in Connecticut, said Thursday that he credits prison officials for their willingness to make changes to accommodate the inmates. Congress passed a law in 2000 that was intended to make certain that prisoners could practice their religions in prison unless doing so clearly threatened prison security, Pevar said.
It’s not just prison security. It’s also cost. Elaborate accommodations for prisoners can cost a lot to implement, especially if they require extra staffing and new infrastructure.
If you mind your tax dollars being spent in this manner, I suggest a calm but emphatic letter to your congressbeing. Unfortunately, given the results of the recent elections, I don’t know that it will do you very much good…
Hat tip: JD.