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USCCB: Supreme Court decision on Muslim prisoner is ‘great victory for religious freedom’

January 22, 2015

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has welcomed Holt v. Hobb, the unanimous Supreme Court decision in favor of a Muslim inmate in Arkansas who wished to grow a short beard for religious reasons.

Calling the decision “a great victory for religious freedom,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said that “it underscores that each and every person enjoys this basic human right. You don’t lose it if you subscribe to a minority faith, or even if you enter prison-- in fact, you never lose it.”

 
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