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Does a Muslim Inmate Have a First Amendment Right to a Halal Meal?

Posted by Abed Awad | Sep 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

In 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of a Muslim inmate, filed suite against the Boone County Sheriff.  The case, Gannon Thoams v. Boon County Sheriff, No. 1:16-cv-2189, alleged that the Sheriff refused to provide Mr. Thomas with Halal food, such denial having violated his First Amendment rights and Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Indiana Code § 34-13-9-0.7, et seq.

I examine the Islamic dietary laws and its relationship to genuine religious belief in the context of an inmate's right to a Halal diet here.

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ABED AWAD 777 Terrace Avenue, Suite 303Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604201.462.9500 | [email protected]/in/abed-awad Abed Awad is a founding partner of Awad & Khoury, LLP located in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. New Jersey/New York practice focuses on general civil litigation and ...


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