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Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Fort Hood suspect prevented from praying

Will the Islamophobia never end?  From AP:

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – An attorney for the man charged in the deadly shootings at Fort Hood says the Army has prohibited his client from praying in Arabic with his family.

Attorney John P. Galligan said police stopped a phone conversation between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and his brother on Friday because it was not in English. Galligan told the San Antonio Express-News that police at Brooke Army Medical Center refused to let Hasan pray in Arabic.

Galligan says he thinks that's illegal and violation of Hasan's religious rights.

Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack.

The military has imposed restrictions requiring Hasan to speak only in English on the phone or with visitors unless an interpreter is present.

Meanwhile, 13 families prepare for the first of many Christmases without their loved one.

Posted on 12/22/2009 12:58 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
22 Dec 2009
Hugh Fitzgerald

Apparently he must talk in English because there is not a native speaker of Arabic available who can be trusted, and who can monitor and analyze the conversations. There is no reason why he can't pray in English. Muslims pray in English, French, Spanish, Urdu, Farsi, various versions of Bahasa, Tagalog, and so on. This mass-murderer is not suffering by being asked to pray in English. There is a limit to the amount of accommodation to his demands that should be met. Some might think that nothing he asks for should be granted; some disagree. But who can disagree that in this case what he is complaining about is without merit, and the complaining about it intolerable.