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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He SHOULD have been fed TO the pigs.
I see we have a Deadwood fan here
I don't know why but you post made me think of this joke.
A priest and a rabbi were flying to a conference and decided to engage in some small talk to pass the time.
The priest asked the rabbi, "is it true you cannot eat pork rabbi?"
The rabbi nodded yes, "It is forbidden to consume pork."
"Have you always followed this law rabbi?" the priest asked.
The rabbi looked thoughtfully and said, "Once I broke down and had a ham sandwich."
The two were silent for a moment then the rabbi asked the priest, "Is it true that priests may not have sex?"
"This is true," said the priest, "we may not have sex."
Have you always obeyed this commandment?" asked the rabbi.
The priest nodded negatively, "Once I was weak and had sex."
Both men were silent for a few moments and the rabbi said, "Sure beats the hell out a ham sandwich doesn't it?"
Thanks for the ping.... one can never guess what one eats... IIICKKKK I have a totally different opinion about PB&J’s.
He was? GOOD!
He bought his own pork chop
Here’s a suggestion, Mohammed, don’t get your butt thrown in jail and you won’t have this problem.
My family also ?
Ever been in a 52 ? 47’s rule !
Give him his Summary Judgement. Pay him. AFTER deducting and charging him for his detention, upkeep, and frivolous lawsuit cost. How much will he owe us tax payers ?
Wrap his but in bacon !
Hehehe. You must be in "corrections". The food loaf- take everything on a normal inmates plate, put it in a mixer, add bisquick, stick in oven, hand to crazy inmate....repeat until said inmate asks for "real" food again.......
He can’t be a real muslim since real muslims are forbidden to be criminals I was told.
The prohibition means entirely different things depending on whether you are on the "inside" or the "outside".
Seal and beluga whale as well. These are all meats found in my natural range.
Spray him with liquid pig manure, and be done with it.
I’d prefer something a little more lead based.
Never watched the show but have been there a few times.
You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.
A PC culture leads to ruin.
The war against Jihad will never be complete until pork products are weaponized.
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.
From the above it kind of sounds like some have tried this ruse before which does not surprise me at all.
He also showed how stupid he is since he never complained when it was served. If he had doubts he should refused it. I see nothing that states he was forced to eat it.
sorry..half the post was deleted somehow. Never mind.
This is as far back and as deep-seated as it goes. He woke one day in prison and declared, “Today I is a Muslim”.
I HOPE IT WAS CHITTERLINS!
It's already been done.
I changed my tagline
He can always eat shi’ite and then go to his “virgins”..