Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The 'Jewish' Con (Seattle Weekly)

Here's one I missed when it appeared: George Howland Jr., The 'Jewish' Con, Seattle Weekly, March 1, 2006. It discusses issues about religion in prison. Some prisoners who are not Jewish say that they are so that they can get kosher meals. That seems harmless enough if they just like the food -- but what about the gangs who arrange to have the special meals so they can meet in the dining hall? Or the White Supremacists who go to Jewish services to intimidate the Jews? What about the prisoners who sincerely believe in a faith, even without formal training in it?

According to the Weekly Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D. - 43rd Dist.) hopes to find a way to address the problem of gangs using religion as a pretext in prisons.

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