Another Muslim woman sues US jail over forced church attendance

2015-04-24 10:01:00 | Al Muslim News
Another Muslim woman sues US jail over forced church attendance


Another Muslim woman has sued a northeast Ohio county, complaining that jail staff forced her to participate in Christian religious services during her serving time in Cuyahoga County Jail.
26 years old Sonya Abderrazzaq says in the suit filed Tuesday that a correction officer told her attendance at Christian services was compulsory and she would be punished if she didn’t attend.
Abderrazzaq served a six-month sentence at the Cuyahoga County jail in 2014 for a drunken driving conviction.
Abderrazzaq claims are similar to those brought in a complaint filed in court by Sakeena Majeed, a Muslim woman who says she was in jail around the same time.
Sakeena Majeed says she was threatened with solitary confinement if she didn’t attend the services.
“County Jail offers a Muslim service and services for all other major faiths, Frank Bovaâ€, the former sheriff and the current chief community safety and protection officer, said in a interview in December 2014
"We accommodate every faith up there, and no one is forced to go to any service," "It's all voluntary" he added.
In reality, there are other people who both saw and were forced to participate in the Christian services, complainant attorney said.


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