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Beards in Prison Hold Next Religion Test for Supreme Court

posted on September 2, 2014

At The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports on whether prison officials can prohibit Muslim inmates from growing beards required by their faith. The case, coming the term after the Hobby Lobby ruling granting corporations rights on religious grounds, was brought by Arkansas inmate Gregory Holt, who wanted to grow a half-inch beard. Marcia Hamilton, a law professor at Cardozo Law School, said, “After going out on a limb by providing newfound rights to corporations, are they now going to turn around and say that prisoners can’t grow beards?”

Read at The New York Times