AR-News: US - Wiccan inmate claims jail officials deny religious
Orville A Knudsen
oak at waste.org
Mon Dec 29 11:25:36 EST 2003
Wiccan inmate claims jail officials deny religious practice
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) An inmate who practices Wicca has filed a federal
civil rights suit, claiming Bedford County jail officials are violating
his religious rights by forbidding him to practice his religion.
"If it has spells in it, I'm not allowed to have it," Charles Risenburg,
27, of Saxton, said in the lawsuit. He is not seeking any monetary
damages, only to be able to practice his religion and receive vegetarian
Risenburg claims the jail is violating his religious principles by
refusing to serve vegetarian meals, insisting he doesn't want to eat
animals that are killed.
Diehl said special meals are served for religious or health reasons.
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