The Unfriendly Atheist

John Walker Lindh, known as the “American Taliban,” is suing the US government for violating his religious freedom. The US citizen was arrested in Afghanistan for aiding the Taliban, and is currently serving his 20-year prison sentence.

Lindh claims his faith requires him to pray with fellow Muslims up to five times a day, but the prison is only allowing one prayer group a week. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says that the government can’t violate anyone’s religious rights without compelling reason, whether or not they are a prisoner. 

The government’s attorneys appeared to give no strong case against Lindh in the lawsuit, although they did claim that the prisoners were disruptive at prayer time. Their main argument appeared to be that Lindh and other Muslim terrorists could use the opportunity to plot amongst themselves, especially since they would be speaking an unknown language.