Saturday, March 17, 2007

Muslim prison chaplain claims more hate directed at him

A Muslim chaplain at the main Connecticut women's prison has reported religious discrimination aimed at him:

The Advocate - Muslim prison chaplain claims more hate directed at him: "A childhood picture of Bilal Asari, who is black, among a group of white children, that has been hanging in his office was defaced. Someone painted over Asari's black face with white correction fluid and scrawled a racial slur across the photo in red ink.

[Department of Corrections] spokesman Brian Garnett said Friday the agency was investigating what he calls 'vile and bigoted behavior.'

Asari said someone came into his locked office at J.B. Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic to deface the photo, which he said his mother had given him to remind him of how far he had come from the days when he was bused to an all-white school.

Asari said the incident is just the latest in a series of incidents of racial and religious discrimination he has faced from employees at the prison."

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