Dallas County Jail Starts Offering Halal Meals to Muslim Inmates, Sparks Miniature Backlash

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Just because it's halal doesn't mean it tastes good.
Sheriff Lupe Valdez made the announcement quietly last week while visiting with a small gathering of local Muslim Democrats: The Dallas County jail is now serving halal meals to Muslim inmates and making arrangements to better accommodate their fasts during the month of Ramadan.

Maybe she felt the policy change was too minor to be broadcast more widely, given that it won't cost the county anything, Lew Sterrett already provides kosher meals to Jewish inmates (It hasn't always) and that it's all consistent with established legal precedent. Maybe she was engaged in a harmless bit of pandering to her Muslim constituents. Or maybe she wanted to avoid the inevitable backlash.

That popped up last night in a story by CBS 11's J.D. Miles, who reports that the decision has "sparked controversy."

An article in an online Muslim newsletter promoted Sheriff Valdez's efforts to foster better relations with the Muslim community. But the article is now making news for its reference to the special meals offered during the Ramadan holiday.

"I find it very strange. I can see why people are outraged," says Carole Haynes, a Dallas area conservative blogger.

She was among those concerned that any inmates are getting special meals or treatment.

"As a kid we always heard when you went to jail you got bread and water; it was deterrent to going to jail," says Regina Imburgia, founder of Activists for Truth and Liberty.

"What's happening to the other inmates when they're not happy with their bologna and cheese sandwiches," asks Haynes.

They could always convert to Islam, though Haynes probably wouldn't want that. She's made a name in Tea Party circles by railing against the "Islamization" of public schools, among other things, and chaired the State Board of Education campaign for right-winger Gail Spurlock, who has blamed Islam for Miley Cyrus' twerking, among other societal ills.

See also: A Dallas County Jail inmate claims his junk-food diet is religious persecution

Here's an excerpt from a post on her website entitled "Is Islam Indoctrination in American Textbooks?":

The influence of Islam in America is gaining national attention as Muslims are demanding to have shariah (Islamic law) trump the U.S. Constitution in American courts of law, filing lawsuits and issuing death threats against those who dare to criticize Islam or Muhammad, and committing acts of terror on American soil.

Americans have been loath to criticize Islam, preferring instead to ignore the basic teachings of the Quran, including the forbidding of Muslims to make friends with Christians or Jews and commanding that infidels (non-Muslims) be killed. We docilely obey Islamic demands to stifle any criticism of Islam and "turn the other cheek" when America, Christians, and Jews are denigrated by Muslims.

Imburgia, a conservative activist, has made no public pronouncement about the evils of Islam that are so easily Googleable, but her bread-and-water approach to justice would be unlikely to pass constitutional muster.

But what Imburgia and Haynes lack in terms of objectivity and expertise on constitutional jurisprudence, they more than make up for in their willingness to go on camera and say politically incorrect things.

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jamessavik
jamessavik

Screw what you WANT. You are in JAIL. You get what they feed you.

If not, you can trade it for booze or drugs.

Ahoy
Ahoy

Personally, I find staying out of jail requires less motivation and self-control than following a restrictive diet.  I don't know much about halal, but kashrut is complicated.  It really takes personal discipline, forethought and practice. I get that jail inmates are presumed innocent until they plead or go to trial, and I'm not saying everyone in jail is guilty, but staying out of jail is not that hard for law abiding people.  How many people who have the motivation, self-discipline, and respect for religious laws that it takes to eat kosher (or halal) are actually in jail at any given time? 

ruddski
ruddski

The Islamic faith is a ball and chain and incompatible with modernity, but they should be allowed the food Mo demands they eat, no harm in that.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

"the Quran, including the forbidding of Muslims to make friends with Christians or Jews and commanding that infidels (non-Muslims) be killed. "

Muslims are commanded by the Quran to do the exact opposite.  Anyone that is so wrong is either terribly ignorant, stupid, or has a deceitful agenda

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

They arent supposed to be able to tell what they are eating - and who really cares, it's a frickin jail ! Just tell the inmates - cuban, gay, muslim or democrat that the mush they are served is kosher for whatever religion they claim to be. Why even waste time with an article to report this mess??

halldecker
halldecker

Cons in the Florida STATE prison discovered a tiny-sect religion,.   all kinds of special food and serving dishes.

Didn't last,   the kitchen crew quickly figured out what the deal was,  who the plates were going to,   started putting all kinds of goodies into the cooking and and then more into food.

After a couple discovered needles and worse,   prison exec who told me about it said rats legs were a popular additive,  they went back to Prison Regular.


ruddski
ruddski

Do they serve Kosher in Riyadh lockup, he wondered....

JustSaying
JustSaying

Considering that prison toilets are likely the least private toilets that there are I am not sure that eating indian food is a wise choice.

if6were9
if6were9

Can't wait to try some next time i'm doing a short stint! 

halldecker
halldecker

Does it matter to any of you that almost all the Dallas County Jail residents are pending trial or plea,  haven't been convicted of anything?

And are presumed to be innocent?

casiepierce
casiepierce

I would so rather eat that than what they serve at Lew Sterrett.

leftocenter
leftocenter

Why to we keep giving a forum to ignorance?  

Sure...make Muslims eat pork!  What a cool joke!  That won't inspire terrorist acts at all, much less make us look like complete dicks.

James080
James080

...because clearly the criminals populating the Dallas County jail are a pious lot to begin with. Right.

They should only be fed basic staples like beans and rice. Period. Had the inmates been devout enough to give a damn about the teachings in the Bible, the Koran or the Torah, their criminal asses wouldn't be in jail in the first place. 

It seems that inmate only find two things in the slammer. God or Gangs. It's a damn good thing they have Lupe to coddle them though. We wouldn't want an offended criminal on our conscience, now would we?

g.edward.willis1979
g.edward.willis1979

Correction. They go on camera and say incorrect things. It would be an improvement if they were only politically incorrect.

lolotehe
lolotehe

So, Gail only uses Roman numerals then?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

They should just make all the prisoners eat vegan food. That would keep most people out of jail.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Good to know my criminal taxi drivers are not sacrificing too much

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The only things that look edible are the OJ, the cookies, and the carrots.

ruddski
ruddski

Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing...

but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)".

ruddski
ruddski

The Jews and Christians remaining in Muslim lands, including parts of Europe, might take issue with the way so many Muslims adhere to the teachings of Mo, if you can find them.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski Probably not. You think we should adopt the Saudi philosophy of crime and punishment, then?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@casiepierce The trick is to end up in the Highland Park jail. They serve Whataburger, and no I'm not joking. Not a bad set up if you are going to wait out a ticket.

James080
James080

@leftocenter  

I agree with lefty. All infidels who say Islam is not a religion of peace should be beheaded.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@James080 if they served beans that'd be Kosher/Halal so long as they don't put pork in it.  But, the guards can't tell you whether the bolongna has pork in it. 

NightSand
NightSand

@James080 You know that jails are mainly for people awaiting trial, right?   

ruddski
ruddski

The crusades, from a Christian perspective, were a defensive move. I have no reason to defend against Muslims in America, because they face immigration restrictions, unlike some other immigrants.

However, some European countries are reacting negatively to Muslims and the cultural and physical attacks. As a Europhile, this has to alarm you.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski Not only is that a mistranslation, it omits major caveats that precede and follow that clause.  Go, read it in context, and you will realize that whoever provided that quote was trying to deceive. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski Their enduring presence there is prima facia evidence that your claims are overstated

ruddski
ruddski

And I support Jews getting their diet as well.

ruddski
ruddski

Why not? Islam is the fastest-growing US religion because of jailhouse conversions.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@James080 @leftocenter Infidel is a term Christians used during the Crusades, when they went to a foreign land and beheaded Christians, Jews and Muslims all together, cause, Iike you, they were ignorant bigots.

ruddski
ruddski

Just from curiosity, what are you talking about?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski 

LOL. Defensive?

Yes, we must travel to Arabia and massacre the evil brown horde to preserve Christianity and reclaim the Holy Land!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Maybe not, but it is delicious. Especially compared to the stale sausage biscuit or bologna sandwich you get in other jails.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ruddski I hear it attributed to Muslims by Christian commenters.   The Muslim equivalent is Kufr, it means "rejectors of faith"  Christians and Jews are not so classified

James080
James080

@scottindallas @James080 @leftocenter  

Call me what ever you like, you entirely missed the point I was making. The bigoted statement was made by lefty. I was using satire to highlight his ignorance. Apparently I bagged two birds with one stone.

ruddski
ruddski

infidel means "one without faith"' and was used by Muzzies and Xtians alike. In modern times, the term is almost exclusively Muslim, and is popular when sawing off heads for Muslim snuff videos.

ruddski
ruddski

Speaking of Indians, the ones I knew and worked with were highly educated and very successful. They have no PC mandates, and tell me Muslims are perhaps the worst people on the face of the Earth.

And these Indians have dark skin and a history of repression by whites. This must be confusing to folks in the Muzzie-Lefty alliance.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @casiepierce Oh I like lamb too and I'm pretty sure it comes in a gravy, and halal too! I love that you liken Middle-Eastern food to vomit and diarrhea, why you are starting to sound like you're actually from here.....

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