Please read the news article below my Rant and tell me I am wrong !
As many of you know while I am no fan of terrorists, I am also not in favour of the use of “security certificates.” My opinion is if there is enough evidence to hold these suspects on so called “Security Certificates” then just arrest them. If there is not enough evidence to arrest them then watch them. Our legal system was developed over years of hard thinking and at times hard lessons. Security certificates are, a political way around human rights, and our well established legal system.
Aside from that and even if you disagree with my position on security certificates, I think we all should be able to agree that we have no right to hold them as suspects (not as yet proven guilty) and treat them with disrespect in the process. Personally I believe that a persons faith should be respected even when their rights have been curtailed, it is both a respect for human rights and a respect for the faith itself. If we provide Kosher food to prison inmates (as we do) then there is no reason we can’t accommodate a request to have breakfast served to Muslims before sunrise during Ramadan. To refuse such a trivial request is an insult to the man and the faith. As a devout Christian or Jew would you appreciate being told you had to work on the Sabbath, because you might be guilty of a crime the state has yet to prove? It would mean to you that the system commands you to disobey God, and is this not an insult to God. Is our prison system too lazy to cook a few meals (three to be specific) a few hours early or is the Muslim faith even the good elements not worthy of the system’s respect. It is no wonder we are becoming the enemy of the faith not just the fanatics. Oh and for those that support the idea that the detainees save some of their food from the night before, this is ridiculous they thus are denied the same amount of food offered to real prisoners and have to eat some of it stale for a month (sorry I don’t know how long Ramadan lasts). This is disgusting!
All this does, is make the system look rude, racist and stupid. I am not a racist redneck I don’t appreciate it when the system I pay taxes to support behaves as one.
SERVE THE DAMN MEALS EARLY YOU LAZY BUGGERS !
Terror suspects denied religious rights: lawyer
Updated Mon. Sep. 11 2006 2:06 PM ET
OTTAWA — Three suspected terrorists detained on controversial national security certificates are being denied their religious rights, a lawyer for one of the men said Monday.
A request to have breakfast served to the men before sunrise during Ramadan still hasn’t been addressed, despite a federal court judge directing all parties to meet on the issue, said lawyer Barbara Jackman.
“The holding centre has already told them they won’t provide breakfast before dawn,” said Jackman.
“If they want to eat anything in the morning they have to save their dinner from the night before, which is not appropriate.”
Observant Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during the month-long Ramadan ritual, which begins Sept. 24.
Jackman raised the issue as final arguments began at Mahmoud Jaballah’s security certificate hearing.
Jaballah, Hassan Almrei, Mohammed Majoub remain detained under the certificates at the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre. Mohamed Harkat and a fifth man, Adil Charkaoui, have been released under strict conditions.
Jackman said efforts to arrange a meeting have been ignored and she fears the issue won’t be resolved before Ramadan begins.
“It’s been over a month and nothing’s happened. There’s been no meeting and no attempt to negotiate,” said Jackman.
“It’s petty bureaucracy.”
Jaballah, Almrei, Majoub are the only people being detained at the centre.
“The only detainees at the holding centre are Muslim, so why can’t they do it if it’s part of their religion?” said Jackman.
Jaballah, a father of six, came to Canada in 1996 and was detained in August 2001 on an unprecedented second security certificate — several months after the courts quashed the first one as unreasonable.
Under the certificate law, Ottawa can decide if a foreign citizen poses a security threat without telling the person why, then detain him or her indefinitely without charge.
If the security certificate is upheld, it becomes an immediate deportation order.