Skip to comments.Muslim inmate sues Missouri jail, claims he was fed pork product
Posted on 10/06/2007 5:24:29 PM PDT by Alouette
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --A Muslim inmate is suing a southwest Missouri jail, claiming the facility's administrators violated his religious rights by feeding him sandwiches with a pork product concealed in them.
Odell M. Edwards, who as a Muslim is not allowed to eat pork, filed his lawsuit against the Greene County Justice Center this past week in U.S. District Court in Springfield. Jail officials maintain that the jelly is made with fruit pectin extracted from plants. Pectin is a natural substance that thickens jams and jellies.
The sandwiches in question were served to Edwards and other Muslim inmates during the holy month of Ramadan. Jail Director C.E. Wells said officials consulted with a Muslim spiritual adviser when planning the Ramadan menu, and the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were preapproved.
But Edwards said the jelly in the sandwiches contained gelatin, which is often extracted from pig tissue. He appears to be seeking $250,000 per day for the period in which he was served the jelly.
Edwards, a federal prisoner, is awaiting trial in Springfield on drug charges. He's been an inmate since April 2006.
It's not clear whether the court will dismiss the lawsuit as unfounded - which is what happens to many such cases - or allow it to proceed.
Edwards said in a court filing that jail guards told him on Sept. 12 that his meals contained pork and had for some time. Edwards filed a request for remedy with the jail, asking to see the jelly ingredients and demanding a cultured cook or a dietitian that handled Muslim and pork-free foods.
"I would also like to be compensated for the foul act!" he wrote.
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“I would also like to be compensated for the foul act!” he wrote.
OK, no problem, if convicted, perhaps he should be fined $250,000 for every day he dealt drugs...
“Edwards, a federal prisoner, is awaiting trial in Springfield on drug charges.”
Well, as everyone knows, muslims don’t drink, do drugs or go to strip clubs.
He’s obviously innocent and should be released and all charges dropped, post haste.
WTH is this country coming to?
The old "jello has horses' hooves" story has been around forever. Interesting that the version current among Moslems is that it has pigmeat in it ~ not that there's anything wrong with pigmeat ~ pigmeat is good for you in fact, God's own gift to hungry mankind.
Spray him with liquid pig manure, and be done with it.
Did he keep it?
—the pork, I mean.
no virgins for you
He should be fed the bread. The ground up stuff baked into a loaf. Meets all nutritional needs. Eat it or wear it.
So, let him know next time and he can skip that meal. The rest of the prisoners, Im sure, will enjoy their pork meals with no complaints.
Of course, we cant guarantee how clean the utensils, bowls, trays and other eating paraphernalia are after a meal of pork he might just have to starve to death to meet all religious requirements.
If his religion meant so much to them, how did he have the lack of conscience to break the law in the first place (?) if he was converted while in prison, I refer to my first two paragraphs.
It's a prison, ya schm,schm,schm,schmuck.
Gelatin, yup Achmed...made from rectums and foreskins.
Have largest pork plant on east coast 1 mile away. I can get more pork ammo than you can shake a stick at...4000 hogs a day.
He should not have been fed pork. He SHOULD have been fed TO the pigs.
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Interestingly enough, Japan has no truck with “culturally sensitive meals for prisoners.” You eat what they give you or go without. Pork or pork by-products being the most common meat dish served — when they get meat at all.
And if you make any problems, four large burly prison guards will be glad to come into your cell and explain in simple Japanese words and accompanying actions that 1) prisoners do not have rights) 2) prisons are not fun places to be 3) Prison guards do not like prisoners.
Stay out of trouble and you get to plan your own menu
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If the inmate doesn't like it, Oh' well Screw them
BTW, jelly does not routinely contain gelatin. Fruit pectin is the star in jellymaking. I do know some folks who put up figs with strawberry flavored jello ... but that is not an incredient used in commercially made jelly.
Just show him the jelly product with the kosher certification.
Eat whatever is served or starve......your choice you idiot Mooselimb.
Yep, stay out of prison and you can eat all the moon god restricted crap you want, otherwise SHUT UP AND EAT or starve. Makes me no never mind.
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I’ll try to remember to send Odell a holiday gift pack of Jimmy Dean products. Since the local Islamic Center packed up and moved, Odell won’t have many friends around to cheer him up.
It’s JAIL, buddy. You should have had panties on your head.
If you can’t do the rind (pork) then don’t do the crime.
That’s what I thought too.
Excellent. Dumb MoHAMadan. Bacon to break his fast of Ramadamadingdong.
There’s no pork in KY jelly.
“He SHOULD have been fed TO the pigs.”
What do you have against the pigs?
Lev 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
I am a Catholic. I’m not supposed to eat meat on Friday. I will gladly testify that, if I were in jail, and they gave me meat, I WOULD NOT SUE.
I am a member of PETA.......People Eating Tasty Animals and if they didn’t serve me meat I will be mad. Beef, pork, fish, elk, venison, cabrito. Meat please.
Would somebody please explain to the prisoner that there is nothing “foul” about eating pork? The taboo on pork is merely a primitive culture’s attempt to overcome what economists call an “incentive trap.” I.e., pork is a highly desirable product, so there’s a strong incentive to raise pigs. Where, however, water is scarce, pigs consume too much of that commodity for the good of the community. Thus, religious and political leaders create a “taboo” around the eating of pork. It’s much easier to instill a taboo into the population than it is to explain economics to them.
...better than lead (in Iraq.)
I hope he wins. That would surely trigger a Risk Management reaction amongst the authorities everywhere. Thereafter all Muslims would be fed “safe” foods only in prisons, hospitals, the armed forces, and other government institutions where the authorities decide the menu.
Muslims in these places would get mighty tired of an unvarying diet of bread and water, and Odell would probably find himself exceedingly unpopular at the mosque very quickly: he might never live to spend his $250,000 per day.
Nothing wrong with poetic justice.
He is probably correct.Feed him lead instead.
First he complains about the pork. Now he complains about the chicken.
I enjoy Jimmy Dean pork sausage almost every Saturday and Sunday morning. It’s mighty good stuff, and seems as good now as it was 20 years ago.
No reason Odell shouldn’t enjoy a tasty bite of good quality ground hog. :)
“Sweaty meat for an orange... Yo, sweaty meat for an orange, You mutha F****** listen? I got orange drink for sweaty meat ...”
Kentucky has its own jelly? ;)
Any citizen who refuses the pork rind should be immediately deported to the non porcine nation of their choice, at their own expence. Home Security is actually quite simple.
Thanks to Piggly Wiggly.
B-52s should be dropping live pigs onto Tehran from 50 thousand feet, to help the poor starving bustards. While we are at it, release a herd of pigs daily inside the UN, and the halls of that wonderful institution would be far cleaner than they are now.
What IS the terminal velocity of a dropped pig I wonder,greased lightening!
Come on, now. There are many better ways for screening out potential terrorists. And you would denying entry to Jews who observe dietary laws as well as vegetarians, for example.