American Taliban Sues Prison for Violating Islam by Making Him Wear Long Pants

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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There was a time when traitors were hung quickly. That time was WW2.

John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban, was instead sent to prison. There he developed a full time hobby of waging lawfare Jihad against the United States with the aid of a professional organization that works on behalf of enemies of the United States.

Not Al Qaeda. The ACLU.

Last year he sued and won over prayers to Allah, the Muslim deity that inspired him to join the Taliban. Now he’s run out of things to sue and he and the ACLU are suing because his pants are too long.

And Muslims are not allowed to wear long pants.

A Muslim inmate filed a class action against the Federal Bureau of Prisons, claiming that Islam prohibits Muslim men from wearing pants below their ankles, but his prison prohibits him from hemming pants above the ankles.

Yahya “John” Lindh sued the directors of the Federal Bureau of prisons and the warden of the Terre Haute federal pen, in Federal Court.

The lawsuit states: “Yahya Lindh is Muslim and it is a clear tenet of Islam that Muslim men are prohibited from wearing pants below their ankles. Despite this, it is a formal policy of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons that ‘Islamic inmates may not hem or wear their pants above the ankle.’ This policy imposes a substantial, and unjustified, burden on the religious exercise of Mr. Lindh and all Muslim prisoners with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Lindh also objects to the strip-search policy imposed for visits.

He seeks an injunction and costs. He is represented by Kenneth Falk, and by Gavin Rose with the ACLU, in Indianapolis.

Just to be clear, a traitor and enemy is suing the Prisons Bureau because the length of his pants imposes a substantial burden on the exercise of the religion that caused him to turn traitor.

When a Clinton or Obama judge hands him this one, along with court costs, he’ll sue because the fleas aren’t halal or his beard isn’t long enough. Anything to continue causing harm to the United States.

Incidentally the “clear tenet” of Islam doesn’t involve pants, but a robe. Mohammed claimed having a long robe was “arrogant”. None of this applies to pants or a mandatory prison uniform.  However the pants length is considered to be one of those things that separates “moderate” Muslims from “extremists.”

Not so much the terrorism as the pants length.

So if your pants are too long, you might go to hell. “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The dress that is under the ankle is in the Hellfire.” (al-Bukhaari, no. 5787)

Islam. It’s a religion whose prophet raped a little girl and had verses put into his head by the devil. But if you wear your pants too long, you will go to hell.

Sure that’s crazy. But we’re being sued by an enemy combatant for not letting him wear short pants. And we’re letting this play out instead of tossing him back in the waterlogged hole full of rats he came from.

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  • MukeNecca

    “…pants length is considered to be one of those things that separates “moderate” Muslims from “extremists.”

    Why of course! Now I understand why Al Qaida’s, being “extreme extremist”, operates in shorts.

    • Softly Bob

      Shorts wouldn’t be short enough for their type of extremism, they’d all be swanning around in skimpy g-strings.

  • DogmaelJones1

    As they did in “Cheers,” Lindh is a “celebrity,” and so instead he ought to be “pants-ed,” or made to pray in his skivvies or a pair of tennis shorts, preferably the female kind, with a cute little skirt that would arose the prurient interests of his fellow inmates. Then he won’t need to worry about cuffs falling beneath his ankles.

  • http://ironburka.blogspot.com/ Mullah Lodabullah

    Give him a pair of budgie smugglers.

  • Ban Liberals

    With the ACLU, who need jihad?

  • Gee

    I believe that Phoenix has a Sheriff that some ideas on that subject, including pink underwear

  • hrwolfe

    Keep in mind he got his interest in Islam through the Bay Area High School he attended on a field trip to a Mosque. There he found male guidance, since his father decided he was Gay and took off for the Castro District. SF Liberalism and parenting created this traitor. I also understand that a young Lady Attorney named Meerpol is doing Pro-Bono work at Guantanamo on behalf of the incarcerated. She is the Granddaughter of the Rosenberg’s the famous Soviet spies executed for their work. Hey why do we not treat Johnny Taliban Walker in the same manner?

    • Drakken

      Walker should have been shot or hung right after he was drained of all information. Never ever let these savages be treated in a judicial system or western norms.

      • American Conscience

        There you go again, showing that you are of a mentality so medieval and show such level of barbaric ignorance, you don’t belong in Western society, as your comment shows your complete ignorance of “Western norms.”

        • Stosh777

          do you understand the fallacy behind ad-hominem attacks? perhaps you should

          • American Conscience

            tou·ché. Well played.

          • Drakken

            I will leave you with this and your high moral ground. It is because of me and many men like me who do brutal violent acts, so you and your family and friends can sleep blissfully unaware and happy at night. Your welcome.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Yes, the Crime Against Humanity of the ad-hominem attack.

            Sew a Peace Quilt and snuggle up in it with Abu Hamza.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          If you think that Drakken is medieval, what do you think of Islamists and their treatment of girls, gays, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Bahais and the “wrong kind” of Muslim?

        • DVult

          If you join the enemy on the battlefield then you should be executed on capture. What is wrong with that?

        • Drakken

          When dealing with dark age savages, one must get downright medieval, sorry if it hurts your poor precious western sensibilities, but ,you are not going to win against these traitors and savages playing by Queensbury rules.
          I am reminded by history and those of you who take the high moral ground, are always buried in it.
          I have dealt with traitorous westerners in foreign lands before who have openly sided with our enemies, sorry if I didn’t get a lawyers permission before hand, I saved the tax payers a ton of money by eliminating these traitorous azzholes and I have never, nor will I ever lose a nights sleep over it.

      • kikorikid

        Drakken,
        Right to the point. “Battlefield Traitors” are summarily
        shot. Period! Walkers situation is instructive as to
        the basic totalitarian nature of Islam. Islam is
        telling Walker how long to wear his pants and he’s
        whinning to us about it? Shoot the ——!

      • BS77

        The ACLU….a form of fungal rot.

    • American Conscience

      Your comments are so wrong on so many levels that they defy rationality — full of ad hominem attacks that have nothing to do with the substance of the matter.

      • hrwolfe

        My source is Jack Cashill’s book “What’s the Matter with California.” Jack is an Emmy winning journalist and admittedly my only source on this but he seems to have done his research. Have you delved into it? What did your investigation turn up? The Meerpol stuff is a statement of fact, well documented. So exactly what level am I wrong on or are you just irrational?

        • American Conscience

          Do you understand the fallacy behind ad-hominem attacks? Perhaps you should

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            What’s wrong Socialist Conscience?

            Dry your tears with your Peace Quilt.

        • DB1954

          Jack Cashill also holds a doctorate in American Studies from Purdue University. He’s a scholar, a publisher, and a gifted writer. What’s AC’s claim to fame?

      • Drakken

        So says the guy who gives equal value to our enemies. There are many places throughout history that your kind rest in. They are called mass graves.

      • Gislef

        And yet you couldn’t point out any specific comments and respond to them on a one-to-one basis.

      • Gislef

        Meanwhile, what do you think of LIndh’s lawsuit? That being the topic of the thread and all.

    • trickyblain

      Wow! it’s amazing that Marin hasn’t produced hundreds of thousands American Taliban instead of just this one!

      • Gee

        Marin County Hottubbers are too anti-religion to produce many more

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Marinette County isn’t too anti-religion to defned Islamists.

          • Gee

            That has nothing to do with being pro-religion. Defending Islamists is anti-civilized society. Hence their support of Islamofascists

        • iluvisrael

          and gung-ho for abortion

    • DB1954

      While I can’t agree with your last suggestion, I do agree that this lawsuit is frivolous. It’s totally without merit, and any suggestion that the Bureau of Prisons is somehow unjustly depriving Lindh of his right to the free exercise of religion is patently absurd. Lindh forfeited his alleged right to wear shorter pants as is the alleged Muslim custom when he was convicted of crimes against the United States. Moreover, any suggestion that the Bureau of Prisons is acting out of anger or with the intention of depriving Lindh of a right by insisting that he wear standard federal prison garb is absurd on its face.

    • WhiteHunter

      Meerpol…I thought that name sounded familiar. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it?

      • hrwolfe

        She thinks her Grandparents were horribly mistreated by this Country. If you read Ron Radosh & Joice Milton’s “The Rosenberg File” you find that the Nuclear stuff was just one of many secrets they passed along to their benefactors. One of their son’s finally admitted the truth but with caveat. They held that their act of treason was only a sign of how much they loved their Country because the wanted it to have the best political system the one that caused more misery and killed more people in the 20th Century.

  • Veracious_one

    John has the face of Islamic insanity brought on by years of pious study of the Quran.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Does Jihad Johnny have contusions on his forehead from all the head banging on the mosque pavement?

      If this prayer mat is rockin’

      don’t come knockin’

  • laura r

    daniel i thought when you are in a US prison there are no exceptions. how did this happen. what law did they find to have the lawsuit?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      religious accommodation

      • laura r

        maybe that law should be changed? there will be no stopping. on the other hand, i know they serve kosher food in prisons. dont know about regular jails, but they do in the “country club” prisons ones for businessmen. where is the line drawn?

      • glpage

        So, they will accommodate Christian prisoners? /sarc

      • Softly Bob

        Maybe he should be let out of prison twice a week so that he can rape a few women or murder a few infidels.
        After all his little handbook tells him to do it and it would be wrong not to accommodate his religion.

  • john spielman

    i wonder if he insists on using ROCKS to wipe his bum, and does he get his daily quota of cammel urine to drink?

    • James Preston

      interesting comment by someone not informed enough to know better, full of vicious vulgarities that have nothing to do with the real issue. Sometimes it is best no to show your ignorance. Now the whole world knows.

      • Softly Bob

        It does indeed say in the Hadiths that one should wipe one’s bum with rocks and camel urine was prescribed by Mohammed as a health drink.

        • American Conscience

          Read Leviticus, there are rules about bodily functions there as well, you you see anyone focusing on them?

          • Softly Bob

            The thing is Muslims do focus on them. Besides, Leviticus was Jewish law written for the Jews. The Muslim rules are made for yesterday, today and for all time. Why do you think that so many Muslims dress the way that they do? They are just following the prophet’s orders.
            Drinking camel urine is even prescribed today in Saudi Arabia as a health drink. In fact, it may have been the reason that MERS has spread. The reason they are promoting it as a health drink is because Mohammed said it was, even though it completely flies in the face of scientific evidence.

          • john spielman

            Thanks: Softly Bob!

          • john spielman

            did you know that it’s a sin for muslims to wipe using the RIGHT HAND, it must be the left hand! I quess Allah never heard about the discovery of SOAP?

          • DB1954

            Leviticus doesn’t apply to the majority culture in the U.S, and it hasn’t in roughly 2000 years.

          • Drakken

            Because the West has evolved versus our enemies who have not. You really are being bloody obtuse.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Would Mohammed prefer carbonated camel urine?

      • john spielman

        dear James preston: RUBBISH! Muhammed did all these and much more- mass murder lying stealing raping and pedophilia , all of which are codified and sanctified in Islam!!!!and he is considered the “perfect man”. That’s who Walker Lindh is trying to emulate. I suggest you read the Hadiths of Muhammed before you falsely accuse me

        • Softly Bob

          A lot of ignorant people accuse others of being ignorant. They don’t bother to read the Q’uran or Hadiths then they come along and smugly have a go at those who have.

          Mohammed was indeed a pedophile, mass murderer, liar, rapist, slave-owner, thief and charlatan. He was also a narcissist and definitely deluded. His teachings are probably the most dangerous on the planet.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            mohammed was also a HOMOPHOBE.

            Take that Savage Socialists!

          • Americana

            Pedophilia and all sorts of other unsavory aspects of sociology are rampant among mankind. These behaviors may be codified in the Qu’ran but we’ve still got plenty of off-brand Christian sects (and others like off-brand Mormonism) that can give Islam a run for its money for

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Show us Christians or Mormons or Jews who hijack passenger planes, lie to the passengers that if they don’t resist they will be safe, and then fly those planes into buildings in the most populated city of America.

            How’s that for your run for its money?

            Your moral equivalence falls flat.

          • Softly Bob

            Mormons…. terrible people. Always strapping suicide vests to themselves. Loads of trouble in many parts of the World due to Mormons.
            Massive sectarian violence between Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses who are always killing each other and blowing up each others churches.
            The Osmonds constantly preaching death to non-believers.
            Yeah, those Mormons who are constantly raping non-Mormon women. They are so misogynist that they throw acid in the faces of women who don’t cover themselves up.
            I’m scared every time I see a Mormon. I mean, after 9/11, London 7/7, Madrid bombings and the Boston Marathon attacks – who knows what they might do next?

      • De Doc

        Narrated Anas:Some people from the tribe of ‘Ukl came to the Prophet and embraced Islam. The climate of Medina did not suit them, so the Prophet ordered them to go to the (herd of milch) camels of charity and to drink, their milk and urine (as a medicine). – Sahih Bukhari 8:82:794

        Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: When anyone wipes himself with pebbles (after answering the call of nature) he should do this odd number of times. – Sahih Muslim 2:463

        Both the Bukhari and Muslim traditions are among the six canonical texts of Hadiths (sayings of Muhammad). As bizarre and strange as they seem, they are legitimate scripture in Islam and even practiced by some Muslims today.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Now the whole world knows your full of it.

        The Whole World is Laughing – at you.

      • DB1954

        Why are leftists always so eager to accuse others of ignorance? Does it or does it not state in the Hadiths that one should wipe one’s backside with rocks and camel urine? It seems to me this is easily answered by consulting those scriptures. Since Softly Bob seems to have seen them, I presume he’s correct. Ball’s in your court, JP. But to answer my own question, leftists so frequently accuse others of ignorance because they project their own onto those with whom they disagree.

        • Drakken

          Why leftist always accuse others of ignorance you ask? Because leftist think that all cultures, people and religions are all equal and therefore assigned equal value.

  • glpage

    We need to revert to the old punishment for treason.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Tar and feather Johnny.

    • DB1954

      In fairness, Lindh wasn’t charged with or convicted of treason. He was nevertheless convicted of multiple serious felonies involving violence and conspiracy against Americans.

  • Guest

    Shoot him now.

  • Janette Miller

    I wish all traitors were shot or beheaded as they do their traitors.

  • American Conscience

    And somehow you believe that acting like them in anger is a Western value?

    • Softly Bob

      Punishing criminals for crimes is not acting in anger. Western values can include capital punishment as well you know.

    • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

      Executing traitors is not barbaric. However, I’m reasonably satisfied with his life sentence, provided no special allowances are made for him, as for instance with his prison uniform. He can wear it or go cold and naked.

      • Drakken

        Walker will be out of prison in less than 15 years, he should have been shot on the spot. I would have happily spent the 22 cents for the bullet and shot him myself, versus millions to keep this traitor alive.

        • BS77

          Drakken…..Back in the days of FDR (a Democrat) this dirt bag would have been executed without much delay.

        • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

          I didn’t know that – I thought he got a life sentence. Less than 15 years is ridiculous. I suppose we should be grateful Obama hasn’t pardoned him already.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      American Ethics won WW2 by bombing the crap out of your national Socialist Germany until their agreed to surrender, unconditionally.

      Perhaps you think you can come to some accommodation with fascists and terrorists and islamofascists?

    • DB1954

      First of all, you don’t know that Drakken or Softly Bob or anyone else here is angry. You don’t get to dictate what emotions they have or should have.You very well know that nothing like what Drakken cited as punishment for Lind is going to happen, but you’ve set yourself up as the judge of what emotions others are permitted to have.

      There are limits to our patience even in courtrooms, AC. This lawsuit should be dismissed as frivolous. There are now laws providing for counterclaims to punish people who file such lawsuits. Those lawsuits can and should proceed.

    • DB1954

      Who’s “acting like them”? Lind is a traitor to this country. He forfeited most of his rights as an American citizen when he was convicted of crimes against the United States. To be sure, Lind was NOT convicted of treason, and he was never charged with treason, but that doesn’t mean that his acts weren’t treasonous. Lind’s forfeited any “rights” under the first Amendment’s free exercise of religion clause when he was convicted of the crimes with which he was charged.

      And again, who is acting like the jihadis? Not me and not the Bureau of Prisons.

    • kertitor

      You “progressives” tolerate yourselves out of existence.

    • Drakken

      Your problem is, you give them the same value as one of us.

  • De Doc

    Oh the horrors that fellow must endure with pant legs below the ankles!

    • john spielman

      The Taliban certainly don’t have any sense of style, besides don’t they know that they ‘re wearing WOMENS CLOTHING ( ie those are CAPRI PANTS!)

      • laura r

        no capris are a bit higher & slimmer. these are just like pants too short like buying the wrong size.

  • Nancy (Pelosi) Boy

    The religious freedom restoration act was passed with the full support of conservative and christian groups. It prevents laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of their religion (*any* religion). Next time, maybe ya’ll will think twice before tearing down that wall separating church and state!

    • De Doc

      Yahya Lindh’s next religious grievance case: “This imprisonment deal is infringing on my right as a Muslim to hack the necks of infidel guards and fellow prisoners. Can’t an observant guy like me have access to a scimitar here?”

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Why is he still alive?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Give him jammies printed with Mohammed’s face.

  • USARetired

    Islam should never be refereed to as a religion, as it is a fanciest cult!

  • MaxEffectUSA

    As usual the ACLU is part of the problem instead of part of the solution.

  • guest

    People are not “hung”, they are “hanged.”

  • Anita Creighton

    in stead of making his pants short and letting him pray to satan he should have been beheaded on national tv

    • objectivefactsmatter

      That’s more or less where I was going. A firing squad would be more Western.

      • kertitor

        And don’t forget that “Lady Attorney” and all the human rights gang.

      • Drakken

        A firing squad is reserved for those who are somewhat honorable, a hanging is reserved for the lowest of the low.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          I’m trying to show that I’m willing to compromise as long as they end up dead.

          • Drakken

            Six of one, half a dozen of the other, ;)

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Plus more of us get to experience the joy of meting out justice.

  • DB1954

    This lawsuit should be dismissed as frivolous, and all costs of court should be assessed against the plaintiff. A counter-suit should be filed by the Bureau of Prisons with the plaintiff and his attorneys as defendants. Thereafter, the Indiana Bar should inquire into this matter to determine if Lind’s attorneys should be disciplined for knowingly filing a frivolous lawsuit.

  • DB1954

    I recall reading somewhere that not only is John Lindh’s father homosexual, but he is as well. In fact, as I understand it, Lindh was originally inspired to become a Muslim because he became infatuated with a male Pakistani. I’m not saying this is necessarily true; I’m just saying that I read this back when Lindh was first apprehended.

  • L.Shalimar Drakeford

    Will some inmate please shank this MF!!!!!

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    At least there no more illusions about this guy.

  • Justice

    Give him tight spandex short shorts…problem solved

  • L.S.

    Where is Sheriff Arpaio from AZ when we need him??

  • Von Stierlitz

    Force the b@stard to wear strings and eat bacon.
    And put his ACLU friends in the same cell with him.

  • Joseph White

    Dude, you are a damned inmate and a traitor. Get over yourself. I can solve your problem with one bullet dipped in pig blood. (Sigh) We can just hang you for your treason.