The chaplain at the Rockland County jail has been suspended after she distributed religious booklets that condemn Islam and contain derogatory depictions and descriptions of Allah and the prophet Muhammad, officials said.

Teresa Darden Clapp, an ordained Christian minister and the jail’s chaplain since 1994, was suspended with pay yesterday pending the outcome of an investigation to determine possible disciplinary action, said the jail’s chief, William Clark.

The suspension is for the protection of both Clapp and the inmates, Clark said.

Clapp distributed religious booklets that characterize Islam’s Allah as an “idol” and devil and Muhammad as a criminal and a “religious dictator.”

In the cartoon panel stories, a tract titled “Men of Peace?” says Islamic fundamentalists who commit terrorist acts are not “bad Muslims” but “very good Muslims” who act in accordance with their religion. The tract called “Allah Has No Son” says Allah is not God, Muhammad was no prophet and the Quran is not the word of God.

Both stories end with people being convinced that Islam is false. In one ending, a Muslim is contrite on learning he is worshipping a false idol and converts to Christianity. . .

The booklets were from Chick Publications, a company that produces gospel tracts and other media to advocate Christianity and condemn religions it deems false, including Islam and Roman Catholicism.

Jail officials don’t know how many tracts were distributed. They found out about the booklets after an inmate complained about two weeks ago. . .

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, an Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, said his organization had received many complaints about Chick Publications booklets.

“I think it’s entirely inappropriate for someone in a position of authority in a correctional facility to hand out hate-filled materials that can incite hostility against . . . inmates of any faith,” Hooper said, “and I would think it (would) be entirely appropriate to remove that person from their position.”


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