Friday, 7 October 2011

Murder is also not Halal

Kuwait Times

Published Date: October 07, 2011
By Sawsan Kazak, Staff Writer

A Muslim inmate in Ohio filed a federal lawsuit claiming his civil rights have been violated by the prison cafeteria. The death row prisoner said that the jail was not offering him meals prepared according to the Islamic law. Apparently, the prison's inability to offer halal dishes is a 'restraint on his religious freedoms'.

The prison does offer a selection of vegetarian, kosher and non-pork options, but the Muslim inmate said that they are not good enough for him. He insists that the animal's meat he is to be served must be butchered in a specific fashion, by having the throat slit, the blood drained as to conform with his beliefs. This very religious prisoner said, "the issue of eating halal meals is especially important to me because I face a death sentence. It is important to me that I follow the requirements of my faith
as I approach death".

Well, seeing as this inmate is on death row, he must have committed some sort of violent crime against another person; most probably murder. It's funny that he thinks that his religious freedoms have been 'restrained,' what about the freedoms of the person he injured? Didn't that person have any rights, religious or not?

This inmate is on the way to meet his Maker and yet, the most important aspect of his life is his diet. Does he believe that eating halal meals until he is put to death will make up for killing another human? As if ingesting the right amount of properly killed meat is the equivalent of another human life!

What about feeling remorse for your actions, apologizing to those you've hurt and all the other parts of your religion? If it were up to me, there would be no options at meal time. Apart from the dangerous food allergies or last meal requests, food would be all vegetarian all the time. They are in death row, not on a first class flight. Do well-dressed hostesses walk down the prison aisles asking who ordered the low-carb meal? Maybe having infringed on another person's right to live should mean you no longer have the right to chose your favorite meals.

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