Rockland County Jail Chaplain’s Suspension to End

This updates and most likely concludes our coverage of this story –  HERE,  HERE,  HEREHERE, and HERE.
Jail chaplain’s suspension to end
Sept. 5, 2007
Associated Press – Chron.com

NEW CITY, N.Y. — An arbitrator’s ruling has effectively ended the suspension of a Christian jail chaplain accused of handing out anti-Islamic cartoons, allowing her to return to work.

Arbitrator Paul Bailey decided Tuesday that the Rev. Teresa Darden Clapp should be suspended without pay for 30 days. Clapp has already been suspended without pay since May and would not need to spend any more time on suspension.

Bailey called for Clapp to be retrained and for the Rockland County jail where she works to set standards for distributing religious material.

Earlier this year, inmates complained Clapp was passing out anti-Islam booklets.

In the cartoon panel stories, a tract titled “Men of Peace?” said Islamic fundamentalists who commit terrorist acts are not “bad Muslims” but “very good Muslims” who act in accordance with their religion. Another tract, titled “Allah Has No Son,” said Allah is not God, Muhammad was no prophet, and the Quran is not the word of God. Both stories end with people being convinced Islam is false. In one, a Muslim converts to Christianity.

In recent testimony before Bailey, Clapp said the materials were sometimes too voluminous for her to read before distributing them. She said she apologized and removed the cartoon panel booklets as soon as an inmate complained, and she acknowledged she had erred by bringing them in.

No home telephone number for Clapp is listed in New City or surrounding areas.

Noting that the administrative charges against Clapp weren’t brought until more than a month after the incident, Bailey wrote that he had “the uneasy feeling that the employee is being disciplined, not because of her negligence, but to soothe anger” aroused by publicity about the booklets.

Some local Muslims called for Clapp’s dismissal, and some were dismayed by Bailey’s ruling.

“I don’t want her to lose her job — it will be a hardship on her — but she should not be sent to the same position,” said Mohammed Ziaullah, who testified at Clapp’s hearing.

Jail officials have said they would hire a Muslim imam and provide religiously appropriate food for Muslim inmates.

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5 Comments on “Rockland County Jail Chaplain’s Suspension to End”

  1. ISLAMSFORLOSERS Says:

    And yet another place succumbs to Islamania. If prisoners don’t want to eat what’s put before them then they can not eat it. Prison means deprivation of rights, not conferring special rights.

  2. senor doeboy Says:

    Why is it that every time the pseudo-intellectuals of our vast over burdensome bureaucracies decide genuflect to the unruly hordes of the Mohammedan, we find ourselves not only granting special treatment but also creeping toward Sharia Law and the World Caliphate?

    I say no more, Prison is for punishment and to remove you from the rest of society because you’ve shown yourself uncivilized.

    NO MORE CREEPING SHARIA LAW IN THE NAME OF CULTURAL SENSITIVITY!

  3. AMERICA Says:

    JAIL IS A PLACE OF CONFINMENT TILL FURTHUR NOTICE. HOW EVER NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO BE SUBJECTED TO EAT FOODS THAT THEY R NOT PERMITTED TO EAT WEATHER IT BE BECAUSE OF YOUR RELIOUS BELIEF OR YOUR ALLERGIES. REMEBER U CHRISTIANS JESUES WAS FOUND GUILITY BY THE JEWS AND STONE TO DEATH . DO U THINK IT WAS RIGHT NO RIGHT OK THEN LETS US NOT JUDGE PEOPLE WHO R IN JAIL OR PERHAPS IN PRISON. I JUST FINISHES DOING 3 LONG HARD YEARS IN PRISON FOR A CRIME I DIDNT COMMIT . I WAS FOUND GUILTY BECAUSE OF MY SKIN. NOT ONLY DID THEY RAIL ROAD ME BUT THE DA , THE PSI REPORT AND AS WELL AS THE JUDGE WORKED TO GETHER ON IT. ROCKLAND COUNTY HAS A BLACK CLOUD OVER IT.


  4. America,

    I’m sorry to hear about your false incarceration, but that doesn’t mean that ALL prisoners are innocent. You know quite well that MOST prisoners are guilty of the crimes they are incarcerated for and even more that they aren’t incarcerated for…

    That being said, I don’t think that the prisons should cater to religious diets. What are they to do when some religious cult says that it is their religious belief that they MUST eat psychedelic mushrooms once a month, and not to be allowed to eat psychedelic mushrooms will keep them from entering “heaven?”

    Yes, that’s an extreme example, but prisons are for incarceration and rehabilitation, NOT appeasement.

    To have to kowtow to every “religious” diet out there is just insane. Ultimately, it’s a never ending story of appeasement. The best way to stop it is for the Penitentiaries to just say, “NO” to ANY requests for a special diet based on religious needs – that includes “Kosher” meals as well. Everyone gets treated equally, and you can always pick and choose which foods you want to eat…

    Also,

    You really need to study Christianity just a wee bit more.

    Jesus wasn’t “found guilty by the Jews.” – It was the Romans… And, He wasn’t “stoned to death,” he was crucified on a cross.

    – But, all that is just obfuscation of the fact the Jesus knew He would be crucified and allowed himself to be crucified because it was the will of God that He be crucified as the propitiation for all of our sins. So, one could make the point that God found all of humankind “guilty” and decreed that Jesus should be the perfect and sinless sacrificial lamb to atone for all of us sinners.

    And, don’t forget that Jesus arose from the grave to show that eternal death no longer has a hold on those who trust and obey God.

    BTW – The false prophet Muhammad is still DEAD…

  5. Mullah Lodabullah Says:

    * “Allah Has No Son” gets you suspended? That’s what the “Koran” (Sorbent Oh So Soft
    edition) says … “Allah forbid that he should have a son”, and blasphemously claims
    that “The Messiah, Jesus … was no more than Allah’s apostle” (Sura 4:171) among
    numerous other blasphemies.

    God’s Word, on the other hand, makes it clear that God has a Son, Jesus Christ, who
    is One with the Father, as in John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one”.


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