The World Trade Center terrorist bombed the World Trade Center in accordance with his Muslim beliefs. So by all accounts, he should not be serving time. Absurd? Denial of the religious motive in this religious war is what is absolutely absurd.
Obama appointee US District Judge R. Brooke Jackson issued an order requiring prison officials to grant World Trade Center bomber Ahmad Ajaj’s Islamic demands.
Ahmad Ajaj should have faced a firing squad.
1993 World Trade Center bomber’s request for halal meals that conform to his Muslim beliefs is granted
- Ahmad Ajaj is serving a life sentence in an Indiana prison for the bombing
- Last month he sued prison officials for violating his religious rights by not providing meals strictly conforming to his beliefs or access to an imam
- On Friday a judge ruled he will continue to be fed halal meals
- However, she ruled officials do not have to exert extra efforts for him to access an imam
By Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com and Associated Press, 15 September 2018:
A Muslim man serving a life sentence for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has been granted access to halal meals after he sued the prison for not accommodating his religious beliefs.
US District Judge R Brooke Jackson issued an order Friday requiring prison officials to continue providing Ahmad Ajaj with halal meals.
However, the judge denied Ajaj’s request for officials to provide him access to an imam in line with his specific religious beliefs, saying officials should not be expected to put in extra efforts to make that happen.
Ajaj started getting halal meals on the eve of his trial last month after he was transferred from a prison in Colorado to Terre Haute, Indiana.
He objected to attending classes with the Indiana prison’s imam because he believes the cleric is an adherent of Sufism, Islam’s mystical strain.
Jackson said it doesn’t violate Ajaj’s religious rights to meet with someone with different views and that he still could have phone or email contact with another imam.
Ajaj started getting halal meals on the eve of his trial last month after he was transferred from a prison in Colorado to Terre Haute, Indiana (pictured)
Ajaj was sentenced in 1999 to more than 114 years in prison for his role in the blast in an underground parking garage on February 26, 1993, that killed six people, one of whom was pregnant.
It injured more than 1,000 and forced an estimated 50,000 to flee the trade center’s twin towers in a scene of smoke, fear and confusion that would be mirrored and magnified on September 11, 2001.
In late August Ajaj filed a lawsuit accusing federal prison officials, particularly staff at the Administrative Maximum, or ADX, facility in Florence, of failing to provide food meeting Ajaj’s belief that all animals used for food must be fed, raised and slaughtered according to Islamic law.
The lawsuit said Ajaj considered vegetarian and Kosher meals inadequate.
The suit also said Ajaj went months without being visited by an imam, a term for an Islamic religious leader, contracted to counsel prisoners at the Colorado facility.
Since moving to the Indiana facility, he began participating in a faith-based program that includes regular classes with an imam.
But the imam who works with Muslim inmates in the program belongs to another denomination of the faith.
Ajaj’s attorneys argued that even listening to someone speak about views contrary to his own violate the inmate’s religious rights.
The lawsuit claims that both issues violate Ajaj’s rights under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The law, approved by Congress in 1993, was intended to limit the federal government’s ability to infringe on someone’s sincere religious beliefs.
Attorneys for the government argued that neither issue substantially limited Ajaj’s ability to practice his faith and did not violate the law, while an administrator at the prison testified that he had tried but was unable to find a vendor to meet the convict’s conditions.
Ajaj was sentenced in 1999 to more than 114 years in prison for his role in the blast in an underground parking garage on February 26, 1993. A courtroom sketch is pictured above
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