The Council on American-Islamic Relations is once again burning a bridge rather than building trust between Muslims and non-Muslim Americans. They’re latest stunt sees them suing the government for the food it serves its criminals.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, says the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department’s policy to give Muslim inmates meals intended for the general population violates the inmates’ right to practice their religion freely, as inmates of other faiths are given meals that adhere to their dietary needs.
“You can’t treat one inmate class different than another,” said Thania Diaz Clevenger, a civil rights director of CAIR Florida. “Right now there is a big difference in the way they treat the three major religious communities.”
Islamic law requires followers to eat a halal diet, which prohibits certain animals, such as pig, to be eaten, and requires animals to be slaughtered in a particular manner. Halal foods also cannot come into contact with non-halal foods.
In the past, the corrections department gave Muslim inmates kosher meals, which they are permitted to eat; however, that practice stopped in October 2014 when the Muslim inmates were switched onto the general population meal plan. The county maintains the meals are compliant with Islamic law.
Source: Miami Herald