I suppose it would be considered insensitive to suggest this as a solution: Don’t do things that will get you sent to prison and you’ll be able to eat whatever you want.

From the Detroit Free Press:

A federal lawsuit was filed today against the Michigan Department of Corrections, alleging several Muslim inmates aren’t getting enough “nutritional” food during the month-long fast of Ramadan and are being forced to eat foods that violate their religious beliefs.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, the state’s “Ramadan Bagged Meal” contains about 1,100-1,400 calories, which is roughly less than half the amount of calories that the other inmates get on any given day. Under state prison policy, all inmate meals total 2,600 to 2,900 calories a day.

The lawsuit, filed by the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), is challenging a policy that it claims requires Muslim inmates to sacrifice an adequate diet when they participate in the Ramadan fast. The suit also challenges a policy that prevents Muslims from maintaining a religiously-mandated — or halal — diet. Halal is a term used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic teachings. Under the halal food diet, pork and pork-based food products are forbidden, an addition to all meat that is not slaughtered and prepared in accordance with Islamic law.

The lawsuit claims that the MDOC has refused to provide Muslim inmates with a halal diet, “despite repeated requests.” As a result, Muslim inmates have been forced to “violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs by eating foods that violate the restrictions of the halal food diet,” according to the lawsuit.

CAIR-MI is seeking a court order enjoining the department from denying Muslim inmates an adequate diet during the upcoming month of Ramadan, which is scheduled to start July 9.

If a Christian was imprisoned in an Islamic country and requested ham on Easter, I’m sure the request would be **granted without question.

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Comments

16 Responses to “Muslim Prison Inmates Sue State of Michigan for Not Providing Halal Diet”

  1. SignPainterGuy on April 27th, 2013 3:02 pm

    With so many things called for as obedient service in their koran that we consider crimes, some of the "capital" persuasion, "Don’t do things that will get you sent to prison and you’ll be able to eat whatever you want" is just too simple and out of the question for these morons.

    They are so convinced they are doing right that seeing our objections to it is totally bewildering to them ! We should just go along with them and be happy about it !

    I know this pig would never fly, but AFAIC, they should be put on a strict diet of pork products, like pork pink slime !

  2. Soul on April 27th, 2013 3:37 pm

    Hopefully I will not find myself in prison someday! But with my gut condition and special diet I've wondered if food requests would be grated, whether in prison or special emergency situation (hurricane evacuation, etc). Kind of nice, I find myself well about all the time now. From what I've found from a food journal, I would have done best on a kosher or Halal diet. Maybe a big mistake about pork being safe.

  3. ChapBix on April 27th, 2013 6:47 pm

    They had better stay away from Sheriff Joe Arpaio"s jurisdiction. There, they will receive bologna sandwiches as part of their meal.

  4. ChapBix on April 27th, 2013 6:50 pm

    "Under state prison policy, all inmate meals total 2,600 to 2,900 calories a day."

    What??!! Why so many calories for inmates locked in jail cells? Unless they are working vigorously inside or outside of the prison, why so many calories?

  5. Truesoldier__ on April 27th, 2013 9:49 pm

    No problem. Give them bread and water for the remainder of their stay. Problem solved.

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  8. rosa on April 29th, 2013 10:23 am

    Their false religion is offensive to God. They need to be converted, not cajoled.

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  10. EssaysWriters on June 10th, 2013 7:13 pm

    This is America people, not the Middle East! You want to live in America and commit crimes in America you can eat American food! Maybe the solution to the problem is to take all of the Muslim prisoners and ship them to the jail annex facility in Faluja where they will be treated as Muslim terrorists! This would serve them right! And, all you foreigners, remember that YOU LIVE IN AMERICA!

  11. Zacharia on December 14th, 2013 1:47 pm

    Under the halal food diet, pork and pork-based food products are forbidden, an addition to all meat that is not slaughtered and prepared in accordance with Islamic law.

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    From what I've found from a food journal, I would have done best on a kosher or Halal diet. Maybe a big mistake about pork being safe.

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    The suit also challenges a policy that prevents Muslims from maintaining a religiously-mandated — or halal — diet.

  16. zorpia on June 26th, 2014 8:02 pm

    The suit also challenges a policy that prevents Muslims from maintaining a religiously-mandated — or halal — diet. Halal is a term used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic teachings.

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