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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:39 PM

Appeals Court Rejects Inmate's Requests in Religious Practice Dispute

November 08, 2012

In a dispute over religious practices, a federal appeals court in Richmond today upheld a ruling that has prevented a state prisoner from creating an "outdoor worship circle" featuring one thousand pounds of small stones.

The inmate, Johan Krieger, who is serving time in a state facility in North Carolina, argued that prison officials have unfairly denied his requests for "sacred items" and a worship circle outside, violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

A federal trial judge concluded that Krieger failed to show how the practice of his religion, which is called Asatru, was harmed by the lack of a worship circle outdoors. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the decision.

The appeals court described Asatru as a polytheistic religion with origins in Northern Europe. The court said "Asatru is a decentralized religion, which does not have a spiritual leader or a governing religious authority."

http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/11/appeals-court-rejects-inmates-requests-in-religious-practice-dispute.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81satr%C3%BA_in_the_United_States

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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:34 PM

1. Little known fact: it was to diminish this religion that the Germans began to call

Wednesday "midweek." We still use Wednesday to celebrate Wotan, being more broadminded.

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:22 AM

2. They have to draw the line somewhere and a 2 ton piles of stones would seem to be a good place.

Would they allow a Sikh prisoner to carry a knife? I think not.

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