Apparently the UK does not think that Islam has changed their country enough. So they want to make it more Islamic. In the past UK prisons actually went out of the way to move the toilets so that they did not face Mecca, and as usual Muslims have just moved on to their next demand.
Hat tip to The Religion of Peace.
Muslim prisoners get their own cells after sharing row
By IAN GALLAGHER
21st June 2009
A prison has agreed to give Muslims their own cells after they complained about sharing with other inmates.
They were said to be unhappy at praying and eating near non-Muslims at Birmingham’s Winson Green jail.
It is thought to be the first time inmates have been segregated by religion. Prison bosses have decided to place them with other Muslims, or give them single cells when space is available.
More than 1,400 inmates, including murderers and robbers, are housed at the jail.
‘So far around 15 Muslim inmates have been accommodated either by being moved to a cell with another Muslim or put on their own,’ said a prison source. ‘They initially asked for their own wing but this was turned down.’
In June 2006, a High Court judge warned that Ministers must find cash to cope with growing prison numbers and called for an end to forced cell sharing. Mr Justice Keith’s concerns were included in his report into the racist murder of Asian prisoner Zahid Mubarek by his cellmate Robert Stewart at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution in West London.
The judge called for a new concept of ‘institutional religious intolerance’ to combat prejudice against Muslim inmates.
There has also been concern among the 200-strong Muslim contingent in Winson Green about the halal meat served there. It had been prepared on site but, after complaints, is now brought in by an authorised supplier at what is thought to be extra cost.
One prison officer said: ‘This has caused resentment because it is felt the Muslim inmates are getting special treatment.’
A Prison Service spokesman said: ‘Prisoner requests to share cells can be accommodated in some circumstances, such as prisoners sharing religious and dietary needs. All requests are subject to a risk assessment.’
About ten per cent of the 80,000-strong jail population in England and Wales is Muslim.
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