October 06, 2006

NYCLU Sues for Islamic Garb on Corrections Officers

(New York City) The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has filed suit in Manhattan federal court to allow a Muslim corrections officer to wear a traditional Islamic kufi hat as part of his uniform.

According to the lawsuit, Abdus Samad N. Haqq must wear the kufi to have taqwa, the consciousness of Allah, at all times. The kufi also demonstrates religious devotion during the five-a-day prayer sessions.

The Department of Corrections has opposed modifying prison uniform regulations for reasons of religious practice.

It's probably predictable that a win in this case by the NYCLU will lead to the ACLU filing suit to change the uniforms of the U.S. military.

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