NY: ROCKLAND COUNTY JAIL TO HIRE IMAM FOLLOWING DISTRIBUTION OF ANTI-ISLAM TRACTS
NEW CITY – The Rockland County jail will hire a Muslim imam and is providing ritually correct food to inmates in the wake of allegations of discrimination following the jail chaplain’s distribution of anti-Islam tracts.
The imam will work one day per week at $22 per hour and as needed additionally for special cases. The jail’s contracted priest and rabbi work under the same terms, Undersheriff Thomas Guthrie said yesterday.
Teresa Darden Clapp, an ordained Christian minister and the jail’s chaplain, was suspended with pay last month after passing out religious cartoon booklets that condemned Islam and contained derogatory depictions and descriptions of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad.
Jail officials ordered the tracts removed when they learned of the incident after an inmate complained.
Since then, local Muslims have met with jail officials to discuss their concerns, alleging that when they tried to come to the jail to minister to inmates, they were treated unfairly by Clapp.