Sunday, October 7, 2007

Jails Going Sha'aria For Muslim Convicts

From BND:

It would seem that our nation's jails are succumbing to the onslaught of Muslim tyranny. Even Muslim convicts are demanding special rights including special meals while incarcerated. One inmate in Missouri is suing his jail for.. get this... bullying him into eating pork. No, not pork chops or bacon. Jelly!! Jelly from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Muslim inmate is suing a southwest Missouri jail, claiming the facility’s administrators violated his religious rights by feeding him sandwiches with a pork product concealed in them.

Odell M. Edwards, who as a Muslim is not allowed to eat pork, filed his lawsuit against the Greene County Justice Center this past week in U.S. District Court in Springfield. Jail officials maintain that the jelly is made with fruit pectin extracted from plants. Pectin is a natural substance that thickens jams and jellies.

The sandwiches in question were served to Edwards and other Muslim inmates during the holy month of Ramadan. Jail Director C.E. Wells said officials consulted with a Muslim spiritual adviser when planning the Ramadan menu, and the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were preapproved.

So, why is this piece of scum suing over jelly? He thinks that his jelly is made from pork? eh?
But Edwards said the jelly in the sandwiches contained gelatin, which is often extracted from pig tissue. He appears to be seeking $250,000 per day for the period in which he was served the jelly.
It would seem that he has this opinion because his jailers made some jokes to him that he had been eating pork despite his knowledge. Pretty good joke I would say.
Edwards, a federal prisoner, is awaiting trial in Springfield on drug charges. He’s been an inmate since April 2006. Edwards said in a court filing that jail guards told him on Sept. 12 that his meals contained pork and had for some time. Edwards filed a request for remedy with the jail, asking to see the jelly ingredients and demanding a cultured cook or a dietitian that handled Muslim and pork-free foods. “I would also like to be compensated for the foul act!” he wrote.
I would like to be compensated everytime McD's or some other restaurant gets my order wrong too. I think that every time my food has cheese on it when I ask for cheese-free that I should sue and get compensated for the foul act.

So, what is up with this guy? What is his real problem? It would seem that because he can't eat regular food, he can only eat the PB&Js and all that peanut butter is causing him to have an upset tummy. Now he is really gonna sue.
Wells sent a written response to Edwards telling the inmate that the jelly contained fruit pectin and not gelatin. Wells said Edwards didn’t just have a problem with the jelly. In his court filing, the inmate also complained that an overabundance of peanut butter in his diet had led to stomach pain and constipation, Wells said.

“It’s sad that your only answer to this problem is an unhealthy amount of peanut butter or don’t participate in Ramadan,” Edwards wrote. “Again it is my duty and right to share in Ramadan but not to be tricked and bullied by an unhealthy diet!”

Wells said Edwards knew what the special meals for Ramadan would include when he signed up for them.

He fully knew what he was getting when he signed up for the special meals. I demand special meals when I go to McD's.
Ramadan is from Sept. 13 to Oct. 13. During that time, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset each day. They break their fast each evening with a celebratory evening meal.
WHAT?!?!? These guys get a special evening meal just for them cause they refuse to eat during the day? He is suing because he is forced to eat non-pork products during a timeframe where most cooks are not working and expecting that the feds will now hire special cooks and dieticians just for him during the evening time!!
OH Hell No.

but then... the feds probably will do just that.

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