Yet a prosecutor says that “the jail offers Muslims meals without pork and allows them to pray together and perform ritual cleansing.” So possibly this is an attempt to gain special status and special privileges for Muslim inmates in this jail.
“Muslim inmates suing Pierce County Jail,” from AP, September 23 (thanks to Twostellas):
TACOMA, Wash. — Two Muslim inmates from the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma are suing, claiming they are banned from practicing their religion.
The lawsuit was filed this week with the help of the ACLU and Public Interest Law Group in federal court in Tacoma.
The News Tribune reports that inmates Raymond Wesley Garland and Larry Edward Tarrer say the jail prohibits Muslims from group prayer, bans certain religious clothing and refuses to accommodate their diet.
You’re in jail. When in jail, you should not expect special accommodation of your demands.
A deputy prosecutor who represents the jail, Craig Adams, disputes the claims. He says the jail offers Muslims meals without pork and allows them to pray together and perform ritual cleansing.