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Supreme Court to tackle inmate religious freedom case

by Amanda Luker

Oct. 14, 2004 – On Tuesday the Supreme Court announced it would review the appeal of three Ohio inmates who claim officials are violating federal law. Described in court documents as a Satanist, a Wiccan and an ordained minister of the Christian Identity Church who professes racial separation, the inmates say the law requires officials to accommodate all inmates’ religions.

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The case calls into question not whether prisoners have a right to practice a certain religion, but rather if the state must grant requests for special symbols, diets, haircuts or other religious stipulations. The 2000 law was created to protect the rights of prisoners, but some states argue that it unconstitutionally promotes religion by the state.

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