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France refuses Halal Food for Muslim Inmates

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by in Blog, Prison, Society | 2 comments

Saint-Quentin-Fallavier-prison

France, continuing its Islamophobic path, has refused Muslim inmates the right to eat halal meat. Many prisons in the United States also refuse to serve halal meat to their Muslim inmates. The Muslim inmates who were innocent of the charges that landed them behind bars, who have converted to Islam while in prison,  or who have decided to become religious after being locked up are forced to eat vegetarian meals consisting of rice and beans or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. MWC News reported the following:

France’s highest administrative body has suspended a plan to provide Halal meals for Muslim inmates in one prison in the country’s east. The council of state ruled on Wednesday that providing Halal meat at Saint-Quentin-Fallavier prison in the city of Grenoble was impractical “owing to its financial cost and high needs for organisation”.

France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubiral, who had been contesting the plan since 2013, argued it would infringe on France’s rules on secularism that ban religious expression in public places. France’s highest appeals court will make the final decision in the case.

The plan, which could have proved a test case for other prisons, was brought to an administrative tribunal in Grenoble after the request of a Muslim inmate last November. The administrative tribunal said that the failure to provide halal meals would infringe on the right of Muslim prisoners to freely practice their religion, according to a report by The Local and AFP.

The ruling comes amid the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset. In April this year, the mayor of Beziers, Robert Menard, with the backing of the conservative National Front Party, announced municipal cafeterias would not serve halal meals.

In 2011, France became the first European nation to ban the full face veil in public places. In 2004, the French government banned headscarves and other religious symbols in French state schools. France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe, estimated at about 5 million.

 

2 Comments

  1. We are breathing Halal, it a business halal in every thing and by Australian dollar we will support Muslim and we will be worth than Europe and we can be like Syria . If we support Halal we are buying a wipon for our enemies, and we can’t ask them not to kill us we accept part of sharia then we have to accept the whole sharia.

    • Salaams, it is a little hard understanding what you wrote. I’m doubting that you are Australian due to the clear English mistakes, unless Australian education is much worse than I imagined ;)… But, you make a point that needs to be addressed. You said: “If we support halal we are buying a wipon [assuming you mean weapon] for our enemies.” That sentence is ridiculous. The Australian owned and operated halal farms and butcheries do not send money to foreign governments or armies. Actually, a large portion of the chicken market in Australia is halal. Second point you made: “we can’t ask them not to kill us we accept part of sharia and then we have to accept the whole sharia.” I don’t see the connection; the sharia does not tell Muslims to kill non Muslims.

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