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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ind. Courts - "ACLU uses RFRA to sue jail on behalf of Muslim inmate" [Updated at 1:47]

Madeline Buckley of the Indianapolis Star has the story here. Some quotes:

The Indiana American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Boone County Sheriff's office, accusing the jail staff of refusing to serve a Muslim inmate a Halal diet.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday on behalf of inmate Gannon Thomas, accuses officials at the Boone County Jail of violating the man's First Amendment rights, as well as his rights under Indiana's Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. * * *

In this lawsuit, though, the ACLU is employing the law to protect a religious minority from alleged discrimination from the government. Indiana's law says the government cannot intrude on a person's religious liberty unless it can prove a compelling interest in imposing that burden and do so in the least restrictive way.

[Updated at 1:47 pm] Here is the complaint. The suit is in federal court and invokes both the First Amendment and Indiana's RFRA.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 18, 2016 01:30 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts