Inmate’s Right to Free Exercise of Religion Clarified

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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