By Charles Wilson
A US-born Taliban fighter has testified that the US government is forcing him to sin by denying him the right to pray daily with other Muslims in the highly restricted federal prison unit where he is detained.
John Walker Lindh testified on Monday that the Indiana prison, where he’s serving a 20-year sentence for aiding Afghanistan’s former Taliban government, allows prisoners to eat, talk, play cards and exercise together but bans daily group prayer. He contends this violates a 1993 law barring the government from curtailing inmates’ religious expression without showing it has a compelling interest.
Lindh, 31, adheres to a school of Islam that requires group prayer five times a day, if possible. His testimony came at the beginning of his civil trial seeking to overturn the prison’s policy.
“I believe it’s obligatory,” Lindh said. “If you’re required to do it in congregation and you don’t, then that’s a sin.”
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