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Federal judge rules John Walker Lindh has the right to pray with Muslim prayer group in prison

Federal judge rules John Walker Lindh has the right to pray with Muslim prayer group in prison

A federal judge has ruled that American Taliban John Walker Lindh has the right to pray daily with other Muslim inmates in prison.  Last August, we reported that the US federal prison where Lindh is incarcerated banned him and his Muslim prayer group from praying.   Lindh belongs to a sect of Islam that requires him to pray five times daily within a group, and that not to do so is a sin.  SFGate explains the decision:

Barring John Walker Lindh and his fellow Muslims from engaging in daily group ritual prayer violates a 1993 law that bans the government from curtailing religious speech without showing a compelling interest, U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ruled.

 

 

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, whose office represented the prison, said Friday that prosecutors were considering their next step, including a possible appeal.

"This case deals with critically important issues that have significance both inside and outside the walls of our federal prison facilities," Hogsett said. "Our concern continues to be the safety and security of both our federal prison system and the United States of America."

 

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