But why? What makes them think they’re going to have any inmates who adhere to the Religion of Peaceâ„¢? Expect the Muslim Council of Britain to take this prison to task for its “Islamophobia” for anticipating that it will have any Muslim inmates at all.
Absurd Britannia Update: “Prison spends Â£17,000 on footbaths and toilets for Muslims,” from the Telegraph, August 27 (thanks to Lazy Buddha):
A prison spent Â£17,000 on special toilets for foreigners and footbaths for Muslims.
Figures obtained from the Ministry of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act show that the money was spent on two footbaths, a “squat” toilet and a shower area at Canterbury Prison in Kent, which only holds foreign nationals awaiting deportation and has 92 Muslim inmates.
Footbaths are often used by Muslims as they are required to wash their feet before prayer. However, the area is not exclusive to Muslims and can be used by all inmates.
What a relief! I’m sure many grime-footed inmates will want to avail themselves of this boon!
The expenditure was condemned by the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
Matthew Elliott, chief executive, said: “It’s ridiculous that we are spending so much money on prisoners who should have been deported, rather than kept here as a burden on innocent taxpayers.
“Making basic provision for people’s needs is one thing, but there is no reason at all why there should be special toilets installed. If prison doesn’t have the perfect toilet facilities for you, then you shouldn’t have committed a crime, it isn’t meant to be nice.”…
The board also stressed no complaints have been received of non-Muslims being denied access to the area.
This is ridiculous. Why would they want to be there in the first place?
Other measures have been taken to accommodate the prison’s global population, including a multi-faith area allowing all inmates to practise their religion. Muslim prisoners are permitted one hour’s use every Friday for prayers.
Islamic prayer timetables are provided, the Koran is available on request and an Imam is employed for 18 hours a week to carry out generic work and faith duties.