No meat rule is OK, required martial arts sparring and not appearing nude, not so much.
New York Law Journal
September 29, 2009
Exploring the parameters of a statute that protects the right of inmates to freely exercise their religion, a federal appeals court has ruled that a prisoner who founded a religion that requires martial arts sparring but forbids eating meat or appearing nude in front of non-members was properly barred from leading a prison congregation.
But a unanimous panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that denying the inmate his religion-mandated dietary regime might not be the “least restrictive means” to address security or administrative concerns, and remanded that issue to the lower court.
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