Inmates forfeit rights to special religious freedoms

June 18, 2013 

Thank you Mr. Shane L. Edelkind (Letters, "Jailed Jews broke faith, don't merit kosher meals," June 10) for saying what I was uncomfortable saying out loud, especially not being a Jew.

We have gotten to such a surreal and ridiculous place in society that we feel compelled to offer religiously compatible meals to criminals who certainly, in my humble opinion, don't deserve them.

If you want to keep the dietary disciple of your faith or belief, the best way to accomplish that is outside of the prison system by being a law-abiding citizen. Otherwise, you could have your meals catered in at your expense, to which I have absolutely no objection.

Why should the folks who are working trying to put food, medical care, education, recreation and retirement in their future pay for this? Why should they be saddled with this additional expense for your religious demand?

And now the day it was announced that kosher was to be provided, the Muslim community was next up to demand their religiously compatible meals. And the line will continue to grow.

It's prison; in prison you lose your rights, you pay for your crimes and you start over and try to do a better job the next time.

I for one don't want to pay for added gifts for inmates. If you look at the Russian model, it's one of the few things they do correctly. Criminals rarely return to those prisons because they are punished, afraid, some actually die there. Hmm, interesting concept.

We chose to follow the laws and not be incarcerated. If you make a mistake, you pay a price. This social correctness has to stop at the taxpayers expense.

Thank you, Shane for salient and brave words. I hope someone in a position of power actually hears them. What are the chances of that?

Ed Kirn


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