Kind of Ironic, Isn't It ... Finding Allah In Prison
It Has A Sickly Resonance To It,
It Seems To Work
A federal judge on Friday gave the government 30 days to start allowing American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and other Muslim inmates to hold group prayers outside their cells in a high-security prison in Indiana.
In a seven-page order, Judge Jane Magnus-Stinsonsaid the Bureau of Prisons might have misconstrued her ruling seven months ago that granted Lindh's request to hold group prayers in the Terre Haute federal prison's Communications Management Unit, so she made her intent clear.
"The warden is to allow group prayer during every Muslim prayer time for which the inmates are not confined to their cells," she wrote in bold print.
"Put simply, just as inmates are free to assemble, socialize and engage in other group activities in common, recreational areas during times they are released from their cells, so too must they be allowed to engage in group prayer in common, out-of-cell areas," Magnus-Stinson said.