Beyond Parody: Jail Hiring Muslim Chaplain After Uproar

Fox News With thanks to Gramfan

NEW CITY, N.Y. — The county jail where a Christian minister handed out anti-Islamic cartoons announced it will hire an imam for its Muslim inmates.

The Rockland County Jail also said it will provide religiously appropriate food.

Rockland Undersheriff Thomas Guthrie said Tuesday that the imam will work one day a week, joining the jail’s priest and rabbi.

The Christian chaplain, the Rev. Teresa Darden Clapp, was suspended with pay last month after inmates complained she was passing out anti-Islam booklets.

In the cartoon panel stories, a tract titled “Men of Peace?” said Islamic fundamentalists who commit terrorist acts are not “bad Muslims” but “very good Muslims” who act in accordance with their religion. Another tract, titled “Allah Has No Son,” said Allah is not God, Muhammad was no prophet, and the Quran is not the word of God. Both stories end with people being convinced Islam is false. In one, a Muslim converts to Christianity.

Local Muslims have called for Clapp’s dismissal, and the county requested an independent investigation.

Clapp has not commented public about the controversy and has not responded to messages seeking comment.

Joel Nathan on Prison Da’awa


Self-designated imam Arafat Mahmoud, far center, leads an Islamic prayer as Hakimi Abd Elfattah, left, and other prisoners pray in a jail cell in the Bollate prison, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy.

A Muslim in a NY prison objected to a tract that was critical of Islam,
a tract that came from a Christian chaplain, allegedly. The Rockland
County Muslim community has taken up the cause, and has been
briefed by the prison officials. This seems backwards though, because
if any community is briefed, it ought to be the Christian community.
The reason is the US Constitution safeguards the free expression of
religion, but there is no right outlined whereby anyone is safeguarded
from disagreeable religious literature.

Now the NY Human Rights Commission is looking into the matter. Why
is that? Adrian Morgan (aka Giraldus Cambrensis) at Western Resistance explains:

If only unintentionally, such Muslim ‘representatives’ actually partake in a two-pronged attack upon Western values. One prong of this front against freedom is made up of terrorists like Bouyeri and others who support death for Islam’s critics, while the political Muslims intimidate government, media and educational bodies to remove any hostility against Islam, disguising their mission to erode Western values under the cover of ‘protecting religious minorities.’
If the commission, being politically correct, decides that all literature
is to be vetted so Muslims are not offended, all prisons in America will
be safe for the propagation of Islam and Prislam (Prison Islam).

Muslim gangs, aka support groups, will grow, and Muslims will readily “revert” (convert) others into Prislam, especially when gang and peer pressure are applied.

None will be converted out of Islam or Prislam since nary
a word critical of Islam will be allowed in prison.

Prisons in America will
become taxpayer-supported mosques and madrasas, which they
are already in danger of becoming. Prisons will be island countries
under Sharia law dotting the American landscape among the purplish
wavy sheaths of grain, and a factory that puts more and more radical
Muslims back on the streets of America.

Ironically, if any literature ought to be restricted, it ought to be
material that promotes the fighting and killing of others.
The Koran-based material that Muslim chaplains hand out in prison
is likely far from respectful of Christianity and Judaism. This is so
despite any Muslims protestations that Islam is a religion of peace
and tolerance. That last bit of Islamic propaganda doesn’t even pass
the laugh test anymore.

The Koran itself, much less derivative material, is very caustic
toward Christians and Jews, and promotes fighting, killing, warfare
and hegemony over pagans, Christians and Jews, and ought to be
banned (see the Calcutta Petition) . That the Koran is effective
in causing fights, murders, terrorism and war is plainly evident
to anyone who reads newspapers and history books–unless that
person is willfully blind and wants to believe something else, which
is his right, of course.

Prislam (Prison Islam) is known for being exceptionally
fundamentalistic and radical. Islam is very popular in US prisons,
and indeed prisons around the world, and is worrying to prison
officials. In Europe many prisons hold 50+% Muslims, even
though Muslims are only a small percent of the population–
all thanks to the Koran’s insidious influence.

The NY Human Rights Commission is way out of line for even
agreeing to look into this matter, and the jail warden is way out
of line for suspending the chaplain. That’s because issues of whether
Allah is a moon-god and a demon (Deuteronomy 32:17; Psalms 106:37),
or whether Yahweh is Trinitarian, are matters of belief, and as such
are beyond the purview of their office to assess or scrutinize. What
are they going to decide on next–that tracts promoting baptism
by sprinkling ought to be banned because they might offend Baptists?
Or that tracts arguing against Transubstantiation must be banned
because they might offend Catholics? If the Human Right Commission
or the warden restrict religious literature in jail or elsewhere–even
indirectly, this ought to go straight to the US Supreme Court on the fast track.

Yoel Natan

Islamic radicalization feared in Europe’s jails

Treatment of Muslim inmates varies across EU

By Jennifer Carlile


MILAN, Italy — “In prison you only think about waking up, cleaning your cell, and praying,” said a Moroccan inmate serving time in a prison on the outskirts of this city.

During a recent visit to the Bollate prison, 25-year-old Hakimi Abd Elfattah said he was a non-observant Muslim before being incarcerated, but “there’s nothing to do in here, so I learn a little of the Quran.”

With no trained imams or Muslim chaplains working in the Bollate prison, the inmate offering guidance on Islam’s holy book also is a prisoner.

In contrast to the Westernized Elfattah, self-designated imam Arafat Mahmoud sports a skull cap on his shaved head, a thick beard, and refuses to shake hands with women.

5 thoughts on “Beyond Parody: Jail Hiring Muslim Chaplain After Uproar”

  1. They are a couple of Chick tracts, which come in a cartoon format that has been around for many years, contrasting Islam and Allah with salvation through Jesus Christ.

    Clapp has been suspended with pay, Muslims call for her dismissal, county wants an investigation. Contrast with the “Death Series” DVDs in Oz, where the OFLC simply gave them a “PG” classification.

    While the Chick tracts might offend Muslims (what doesn’t?), there’s nothing in them calling for “jihad”, “holy war”, “crusade” etc against them.

  2. This article has a bit more on Rockland County Jail & its small Muslim inmate population, who has a “head” they look up to, and who is able to play the victim card well.

    “You think it’s depressing being an inmate,” said Kenny Kidd, 48, who is in jail on burglary charges. “Try putting ‘muslim’ before inmate.”

    “And to add salt in a wound,” Kidd said during an interview inside the jail today, “we have a chaplain passing out pamphlets calling our God the devil and our prophet a dictator.”

    Kidd, whom fellow Muslim inmates consider to be the head of their small religious community, said the misinformation in the pamphlets was compounded by the fact that there were actual drawings of Muhammad.

    Incidentally, I came across “Hate Crimes Against Islam”, which we might see as small successes in responding to the religion that can dish it out, but not take it.

    Among the “hate crimes” are – “British jury convicts five Muslim scapegoats”, and “Muslims Flee UK Because of Islamophobia”.

  3. Wonderful! Now we can have even more prisoners join the peaceful ones. At this rate, prisons will create more of them than mosques! And at taxpayer expense, no less. Illah must be pleased.

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