SCOTUS favors Muslim beards in prison

If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. How passe. via Prisoner’s beard offers Supreme Court a game of inches.

WASHINGTON — It was a game of inches at the Supreme Court Tuesday.

A day after disposing of their most controversial and consequential cases — those involving same-sex marriage — the justices turned to the question of whether Muslim prisoner Gregory Holt’s half-inch beard could threaten the security of the Arkansas prison system.

Gregory ‘Abdul Maalik Muhammad’ Holt

No, most of the justices appeared to conclude — but they worried that the next cases might involve longer beards or other religious demands, with no end in sight. At what point, several of them said, should a state’s security interests surmount a prisoner’s religious rights?

“Religious beliefs aren’t reasonable. I mean, religious beliefs are categorical,” Justice Antonin Scalia said. “God tells you.”

“What do we do, just litigate a dozen cases until we settle on one-and-three-quarters inches?” asked Chief Justice John Roberts.

The issue before the court was Arkansas’ requirement that prisoners be clean-shaven, unless they have a medical reason for keeping a quarter-inch beard. While more than 40 state prison systems allow beards in general, Holt had agreed to keep his to a half-inch — virtually negating the chance he could hide weapons or contraband in it, and making it harder for him to change his appearance by shaving.

A law passed by Congress in 2000 was intended to protect prisoners’ religious rights, much like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 was meant to protect religious freedom in general. That law was cited by the court in June when it allowed family-owned corporations with religious objections to be exempted from providing health insurance for contraceptives.

The justices appeared to agree that the law regarding prisoners does work in Holt’s favor. Several also belittled the state’s stated fears: that an escaped prisoner could hide a weapon or contraband in his beard, and change his appearance after an escape by shaving.

“Not one example has ever been found of anybody hiding anything in his beard,” said Stephen Breyer. And Justice Samuel Alito suggested that prison officials could just force inmates to comb through their beards. [CS: A comb is a deadly weapon in prison]

“Anything else you think can be hidden in a half-inch beard, a tiny revolver, it will fall out,” Alito said.

But Arkansas Deputy Attorney General David Curran noted that the state prison system houses inmates in barracks and employs them on maintenance jobs outside prison grounds, where they might engage in mischief.

“We’re not like California. We’re not like New York. They have cell-block housing,” Curran said. “A beard is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change one’s appearance.”

Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, convinced the court to hear his case with a 15-page, handwritten petition citing his desire to keep a beard as part of his Muslim faith. His grievance stems from the Arkansas Department of Corrections rule prohibiting beards unless medically required.

As we previously noted for readers:

This pious Muslim convert also threatened jihad on jurors, served prison time for threatening President George W. Bush’s daughters and wrote to jailers promising a deadly “jihad” inside the courtroom should “the verdict in my trial go south,” among other things.

Holt also wrote how he wasn’t bound by American laws, but only recognized the Shariah law of Islam.”

Apparently Alito et al agree with him.

Global Mosque Report (USA): May 2014

A new series over at Gates of Vienna. Each report is significantly longer than what is below covering all countries, however we’ve excerpted only the activity in the United States.


Seattle area mosques

Global Mosque Report: February 2014

This is the latest in a series of monthly reports by our British correspondent JP on the progress of worldwide Islamization, as represented by the building of mosques, and activities associated with mosques.



Report on the $1.8 million, 18,000-square-foot, two-storey Islamic centre and mosque complete with minarets being erected in West Modesto.


The Islamic Center of Fort Collins will host an open day on 1 March at its new mosque which features a 70-foot minaret and 50-foot dome, both topped with crescent moons.


A variance request hearing ostensibly to focus on parking and public safety concerns over a proposed mosque in Pocatello was instead dominated by discussion of religious freedom and fear of Islam.

New Jersey

Traffic concerns of fire officials over the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s Liberty Corner mosque proposal were considered by Bernards Township planning board, but deemed legally irrelevant.

At a Bridgewater planning board, Yassir Abdelkader, president of the Al Fatah Center, spoke on behalf of his proposal to convert the former Redwood Inn into a mosque. He assured residents that there would be no services outside the mosque and no calls to prayer from the proposed mosque’s minaret.


Report that the lawsuit arising over Murfreesboro mosque approval has already cost Rutherford County $343,276, and the amount is expected to rise.

Global Mosque Report: March 2014



In Lincoln a group of young Bosnian and Middle Eastern immigrants raised nearly $200,000 to purchase a long-empty church and convert it into a mosque.


Jamaal Diwan, imam at the Islamic Center of Irvine, interviewed by Orange County Weekly. A convert, his love of basketball and hip-hop led him to Islam.


‘Questions about Islam’ event held at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center. “The main goal is to achieve a sense of understanding between those who practice Islam and those who do not,” said Farhan Igbal, a student at Western Michigan University.

New Jersey

Bernards Township: Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s Liberty Corner mosque proposal met opposition from neighbours concerned about lights, noise, and traffic. Further hearings scheduled to take place in April and May.

Burlington County Muslim Association proposed a 22,745-square-foot building to house a mosque, elementary school, and day care center in Delanco.

United American Muslim Association Inc. filed an application to convert one of Clifton’s oldest buildings, erected in 1740, and latterly a funeral parlour, into a mosque.

New York State

North Side Learning Center purchased Holy Trinity Roman Catholic church in Syracuse for conversion into a mosque to be named ‘Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary’ (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam). A petition was lodged with the Landmark Preservation Board to remove crosses from the steeples and grounds as these are not in line with the ‘worshipping practices’ of the new tenants.


Shakila Ahmad became the first woman president of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in its eighteen-year history. The mosque sees up to 3,000 Muslims involved on holy days, and there are an estimated 25,000 Muslims in the region.


Memphis Islamic Center to launch the first of three phases required for the construction of a $6.5 million, 63,144-square-foot rabat in Shelby County this summer. In October 2012, World Relief Nashville/Memphis was awarded a Preferred Communities grant by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.


State delegate Alfonso H. Lopez defended his praise of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church after being rebuked by counter-terrorism officials and media for sponsoring a successful resolution at Virginia’s General Assembly commending the center.

Global Mosque Report: April 2014


New York State

Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board voted to approve a request by an Islamic group called the Northside Learning Center to remove crosses from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The group plans to turn the former church into a mosque.


All of Rutherford County’s Circuit Court judges eligible to hear the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro cemetery lawsuit recused themselves, according to court records.


Redmond residents concerned over plans for the proposed two-storey, 22,467 square feet Anjuman-e-Burhani Mosque.

Global Mosque Report: May 2014



One of the founding members of the Clinton Islamic Center, Dr. Anis Ansari, elected president for the fourth time in the past twelve years.

New Jersey

Bridgewater residents jeered and disputed traffic expert testimony that suggested the proposed Al Falah Center mosque development would not have a negative impact on local traffic. The next planning board meeting at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School is scheduled for 30 June.

New York State

Report on plans by the Islamic Society of Central New York to build a $1 million mosque-community center on land it owns on East Seneca Turnpike in the town of Onondaga. “Our numbers are growing — we need more space,” said society President Mohamed Khater.


A federal appeals court ruled that a Christian police captain from Tulsa was rightfully punished for refusing to enter a mosque for a police appreciation ceremony.

South Carolina

The Islamic Center of Columbia, also known as Masjid al-Muslimiin, held a ‘Share Islam Day’ for those interested in the area’s diverse spirituality.


Senior Judge Paul Summers of Davidson County appointed to hear a case over a county-approved cemetery at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after all other judges in Rutherford County recused themselves from the matter.


Redmond residents concerned over plans for the proposed two-storey, 22,467 square feet Anjuman-e-Burhani Mosque on empty land near Microsoft Corporation’s headquarters.


JP at Gates of Vienna and all our readers can also refer to our “mosque” category to see all posts about mosque activity.


An American Child Kidnapped in Accordance with Sharia

One of many.

by Jerry Gordon  (March 2014)

One of horrors that have confronted American women who naïvely marry Saudi men is the possible risk of having children of those marriages kidnapped following divorce in accordance with Sharia and removed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There are estimated to be in excess of 1,000 such cases. A few have been featured in investigative reports on CBS 60 Minutes and Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. Frequently American wives of Saudis and other fundamentalist Muslims are physically abused and maltreated under Sharia.  We saw that in our interview with American feminist Phyllis Chesler about her experience following a marriage to an Afghan Muslim husband educated in the West upon her arrival at the family compound in Kabul. See The New English Review Flight from an Afghan Seraglio and An American Feminist Fighting Sharia: an Interview with Dr. Phyllis Chesler (January 2014).

In the current debates in state legislatures over consideration of American Laws for American Courts, legislators often ask, “is this legislation really needed to address foreign laws and doctrines” that intrude on the fundamental Constitution Rights of American citizens? Often cited are cases that have recognized Sharia doctrine in state appellate and lower courts. Illustrative of the compelling need for such protections are the numerous incidents involving spousal abuse of American wives and kidnapping of children in divorce cases, where under Shariah, the Muslim ex-husbands can exercise rights to remove their children even though doing so may violate US criminal laws.

Heidi  McClain al-Olmary at 5 years old

Heidi McClain al-Olmary at 5 years old

Heidi McClain age progression Pictures 1997 to 2010

Heidi age progression picture at 18 years old

Last September during a presentation I gave before an ACT! For America chapter in Jonesboro, Arkansas, I encountered Professor Margaret McClain, then on the faculty of Arkansas State University (ASU). She has since retired after 30 years at ASU. In the late 1980’s Professor McClain was a faculty member teaching English as a Second Language in a special program for Saudi Students entering ASU. She had been recently widowed and met a Saudi graduate student, a Computer Science major at a university event. Thus began what eventuated in an exploitative marriage that produced a child, Heidi. McClain suffered frequent physical and psychological abuse during the marriage at the hands of her Saudi husband for her refusal to  be compliant. That led to a divorce and custody of Heidi granted to Professor McClain under Arkansas law. Upon Professor McClain’s subsequent marriage to an American following the divorce, her Saudi ex-husband conspired with a more compliant American convert to Islam to kidnap and remove Heidi, then five years old, to Saudi Arabia.

Professor McClain was one of several American wives with Saudi ex-husbands who abducted and removed children to Saudi Arabia in violation of state, federal and international parental kidnapping laws. These women testified about these cases before Congrees during the 107th Session. The US State Department  had set up the Office of Child Issues  to deal with complaints and conduct investigations of such abuses. Media stories sparked by 9/11 led  the US. House of Repesentatives Government Reform Committee, then chaired by former Indiana Republican Dan Burton, to hold five days of hearings from June to December 2002. The Committee published a final report, Investigation into Abductions of American Children to Saudi Arabia. In one instance, the Committee heard from a 16 year old daughter of a Florida woman, Dria Hernandez-Davis, about her experience of living under difficult circumstances and her remarkable escape and rescue. A rescue privately financed with $200,000 in bribes provided by her grandmother who refinanced her home to obtain the necessary funds. The US State Department Office of Child Issues and the US Embassy legation in Riyadh appeared to have offered little assistance to rescue these children.

Professor McClain consented to tell her story about the kidnapping of her American daughter, Heidi, by her Saudi ex-husband to alert other Americans as to the dangers of Shariah law sanctioning spousal abuse and criminal violations of US laws against kidnapping. Heidi is now 21 years old. Professor McClain last visited her six years ago under intense restrictions in Saudi Arabia. Only her older daughter Roxanne by a prior marriage has had periodic contact with Heidi in Saudi Arabia.

Watch the video or read the interview transcript at New English Review. Excerpt below:

McClain:  Al-Omary told me on our wedding day, to my great shock and horror, that since I was now his wife, I would have to cover my head with a veil. Not wishing to argue, I think I countered with some excuse that I would not be seen teaching in front of a class wearing a veil. I believe I also mentioned that I could be fired for covering up. Al-Omary was a freeloader and I was his sole source of support while he was a student. He knew if I lost my job, he might actually have to go to work. Many of his attempts to control me were subtle or psychological torture. The idea was to beat me down and try to make me submissive to him. For example, one day he came home without his car; he announced that he had sold it because he needed the money. Soon, he started chauffeuring me around – to school, shopping, etc. It seemed that he gradually spent more and more time away from home (mostly with his buddies at the mosque), and I was left without a car. One weekend, the temperature was in the 90s and he took off to the mosque in Memphis, leaving Heidi and me without transportation. I had to get something from the store, probably diapers or formula, so I walked the three blocks, carrying Heidi in my arms. When I returned home, I found that I had locked myself out and I just sat down on the front step and cried. I pulled myself together, left Al-Omary a note, and ordered a taxi to take us to a motel. Hours later Al-Omary showed up at the motel. I was so upset that I sent him home because I wanted to spend the night away from him. He just laughed because he was a sadist and enjoyed seeing others’ pain. From that point on, I took back control of my car keys and my car, reminding him that he was endangering his daughter’s life by his selfish behavior.

Gordon:  What precipitated your divorce from Mr. Omary?

McClain:  When Al-Omary gradually realized that I was not going to be as easy to convert as he had thought, he gradually became more and more abusive. His religious activities increased, and he was elected Assistant Director of the Jonesboro Islamic Center. He brought home loads of terrorist literature, which he expected me to read. When I questioned some of the ridiculous statements in the brochures, he yelled and even slapped me. I had broken bones on several occasions, and when I became pregnant again, I suffered a miscarriage due to a beating. Heidi was one year old at this time. That was almost the last straw. The last straw occurred when I was backing out of my driveway to take Heidi to her day care center. Al-Omary was running all around my car, kicking at the windows to make me stop. He was a karate expert, six foot three, and about 240 pounds. When he went to the back window and started kicking inches from Heidi’s face where she was sitting in her car seat, I had to stop the car to save my child’s life. I was envisioning glass shards all over her; it was clear to me that he could have killed or blinded her. Al-Omary was livid because I had removed Heidi from the care of a Muslim woman, whom I found sleeping while my daughter was climbing the stairs. She had left her eight-year-old in charge of all the babies. My only concern was to protect my daughter.

At another point, my uneasiness about Al-Omary’s stated desire to keep his green card and work in the US had increased. I realized that he had lied under oath to an immigration official to obtain his green card, thus committing immigration fraud. I began to feel like an accomplice, like I was used – to help him obtain immigration, to be the breadwinner…

It’s very reminiscent of this 2013 post, Interview with female victim of love jihad in America (audio).

Arkansas: SCOTUS allows bin Laden-praising, throat-slitting convict to keep sharia beard while contesting policy

This pious Muslim convert also threatened jihad on jurors, served prison time for threatening President George W. Bush’s daughters and wrote to jailers promising a deadly “jihad” inside the courtroom should “the verdict in my trial go south,” among other things. via U.S. justices say inmate can keep beard while contesting policy –

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said an Arkansas prison inmate should be allowed to maintain a beard while he contests the prison’s grooming policy.

In an unusual order, the court said that Gregory Holt, 38, should be allowed to grow a beard of up to one-half of an inch in length in accordance with his Muslim beliefs.

The court was responding to a handwritten request filed by Holt, who recounted his lengthy and unsuccessful attempt to fight the grooming policy.

Holt is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery at the Varner Supermax prison, according to the Arkansas
Department of Correction’s website.

The Supreme Court’s order said Holt could keep his beard while he files a petition with the court seeking review of a June appeals court decision that went against him.

As linked above, “Holt also wrote how he wasn’t bound by American laws, but only recognized the Shariah law of Islam.” Apparently SCOTUS agrees with him, for now.

Arkansas: School teaches ‘fundamentals of Islam’ to students on 9/11 (video)

Last week we posted this: Arkansas Teacher tries to sneak Muslim speaker in to class on 9/11.

In that instance, parents spoke up and didn’t allow their children to be brainwashed with Muslim propaganda on the date that Muslims attacked and killed 3,000 Americans. Then killed four more on the same date 11 years later in Benghazi.

Elsewhere in Arkansas, on 9/11, a lesson was planned, delivered and done so without any notification to parents. Watch, via LOOK UNDER THE BURKA OF ISLAM: SCHOOL GIVES STUDENTS “FUNDAMENTALS OF ISLAM” LESSON ON 9/11.

Again, the media glosses over the fact that this is Islamic proselytizing on 9/11.

The school stands behind the teacher and her 9/11 dawah lesson however they were too cowardly to go on camera or name the teacher. Contact the school officials and let them know how you feel. A full list of teachers available here.

Fountain Lake Middle School Staff



Janaskie, Frank                     Principal

Campbell, Steve                  Assistant Principal

Hot Springs, Arkansas – about an hour southwest of Little Rock.

Arkansas: Teacher tries to sneak Muslim speaker in to class on 9/11, parents revolt (video)

More insane dhimmitude and cowardice. Protect your children!!! via hobotzcarandco

Again, note the sneaky manner in which a teacher invites a Muslim to proselytize impressionable young kids ON 9/11! Without even telling the parents! And note how the media focus on those who sympathize with Muslims.

Contrary to the grandmother’s opinion, she should preach her understanding meme to Muslims and see how that works out.

It was only 30-some miles away in 2009 that another Muslim waged jihad in Little Rock, Arkansas shooting up an Army recruiting base killing one and wounding another. The Sister of professed jihadi says he changed after converting to Islam. Another foreign-funded Muslim group in Little Rock was planning a Muslim-only enclave in the area back in 2006. But we should just understand them and let them preach to our children?

So who was the Muslim speaker? What Islamic group(s) is he a member of? What mosque does he attend? Has the school vetted him and his level of adherence to sharia law? Is he part of the separatist group mentioned above?

Despite the cancellation, it appears only temporary. That’s right, the Muslim dawah has been RESCHEDULED.

Contact info for respectful communication:

Haynes, Brenda
Position: Superintendent of Schools



Arkansas: Muslim Teacher Loses Case, Vows to Continue Legal Jihad

via Mark Leon Essex Smith, Arkansas Teacher, Loses Case Against District Claiming Religious Discrimination.

An Arkansas teacher has lost a case he lodged against the Watson Chapel School District for religious discrimination, a hostile work environment and retaliation.

Hijacking African garb for Islamic purposes?

Mark Leon Essex Smith filed a lawsuit against the district last October after he said he was discriminated against for his Muslim faith. According to the complaint, Smith arrived at Watson Chapel Junior High School in September 2010 wearing a dashiki — a colorful West African garment — and Muslim headwear kufi in observation of Eid al Fitre, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

When school Principal Henry Webb asked Smith to go home and change his clothes, citing “unprofessional” attire, the teacher complied under the assumption that his current dress was in violation of school policy. Smith later filed a grievance to the district — that was declined by district officials — upon discovery that the school dress code merely states that “the drew and grooming of all certified personnel should be appropriate for the professional duties performed.”

Smith claims that in retaliation for filing a grievance against the school to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he was reassigned from his position. The teacher adds that he was forced to work through lunch, without added pay, for 92 days. The suit claims he is owed $1,486 plus interest for the unpaid hours.

But the district argues that because Smith’s faith does not require the attire, there is no case for discrimination. Officials also say that the district adheres to a strict neutral policy that backs away from taking public positions on political candidates, parties or theologies, the Pine Bluff Commercial reports. District officials also contend that Smith was reassigned for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons and his salary remained the same, thus suffering “no adverse employment action.”

The jury found the case in the district’s favor on all three theories of religious discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation, following a three-day trial. District Superintendent Danny Hazelwood told the Pine Bluff Commercial that the district “really did nothing wrong.” But Smith says he’s not giving up.

A spectacle for all the students and community to see as opportunist Muslim (convert) victimhood slash dawah continues.


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