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1.20.2015

Supreme Court This Morning: Muslim Allowed To Grow 1/2" Beard While In U.S. Prison



I'm guessing that's his old beard before prison.

The law:

 "(a) In general Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
(b) Exception: Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person—
(1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and
(2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest."

(I'm not real sure why we need the law. That's how the 1st Amendment is interpreted anyway.)

The guy was incarcerated in Arkansas. He wanted to grow a 1/2 inch beard but the prison said no because it would be security threat. The Supreme Court, perhaps implementing Sharia law*, sided with the inmate.

So . . .  what about a 1 inch beard? 2 inches? 6 inches?

Oh, "Holt is in prison for multiple offenses. He first served time for making threats against then-President George W. Bush’s daughters, and in 2010 was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his girlfriend. He is currently incarcerated at a maximum-security facility." And, you know, as for as this issue is concerned, that doesn't matter at all.
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*Come on, that's funny.

9 comments:

Katy Anders said...

You know the story behind that law, right?

Years ago a couple Native Americans were fired because they did some ceremonial hallucinogen. The Supreme Court upheld their firing (I think it might have been a fight over unemployment).

Congress and Clinton passed this law in response to that. For years, it was only used to basically allow people to do hallucinogens as part of their faith, getting around drug laws (Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal).

Then last year happened.

Anonymous said...

Probably claiming to be an Islamist just to be an asshole! On the other hand--extreme violence with it directed against children and women, so he fits right in! :-)

Anonymous said...

Barry, didn't you say that Obama had defeated Isis?

Anonymous said...

287 NORTH BOUND AT NRS IS SHUT DOWN. BAD WRECK, CARE FLIGHT HAS LANDED

Anonymous said...

The religion of peace. If Obammy can't call them Islam extremists, why when they are captured, the first thing we give them is a Koran, prayer rug and a pork free sandwich?

Anonymous said...

He looks like he has Donkey Milk breath.

Anonymous said...

Once convicted..... inmates shouldn't have rights. Until time has been served.

Anonymous said...

If he had only been sent to Gitmo, Obammy would have released him by now.

Anonymous said...

Who f-ing cares. Idiocracy