New York Jail To Hire Muslim Imam After Anti-Islamic Cartoons Are Distributed

AP, May 10, 20077

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.

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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 Koran is not the word of God. Both stories end with people being convinced Islam is false. In one, a Muslim converts to Christianity.

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[Editor’s Note: Chick Tracts, which is what the Reverend Ms. Clapp was passing out, are listed and can be read here.]

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