Whatever the reason may be for their discrimination against the members of The Moorish Science Temple of America, which has Temples and Branch Temples throughout the United States and Branch Temples in both federal and state institutions, except the state of Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Corrections does not have the legal right to deny members of The Moorish Science Temple of America equal protection of the law as afforded to other religious organizations within the Indiana Department of Corrections. We appeal to each of you to support us in a positive effort to stop this discrimination and grave injustice, because the first amendment, equal protection of laws, and the American constitution swings open the door to religious freedom to all alike and so each may worship as they desire. Without religious freedom, no search for truth could be possible. Without religious freedom there would be no inspiration to lift our heads and gaze with fearlessness into the vast beyond, seeking hope eternal.
It is a sad weakness in us all that the Indiana Department of Corrections oppose members of The Moorish Science Temple, while affording religious freedom to the Jews, Christians, Indians, and the American Muslim Mission.
Possibly in time the Indiana Department of Corrections will no longer discriminate against members of The Moorish Science Temple and will no longer deny us equal protection of the law as is afforded to other religious organizations within the Indiana Department of Corrections and prove that in mankind tolerance is better than unwarranted opposition.
We, members of The Moorish Science Temple of America, within the penal institutions throughout the state of Indiana deeply appreciate and pray to Allah that; our loved ones, friends, supporters, leaders, religious leaders, Moslem brothers, and sisters would write appeal letters opposing the denial to practice our religious beliefs and stop the religious discrimination against the members of The Moorish Science Temple of America within the Indiana Department of Corrections and encourage the commissioner to afford us religious rights and equal protection rights as they do with The American Muslim Mission, Jews, Christians, and Indians.
Send letters of support to:
Governor Even Bayh
Officer of Governor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Department of Corrections
804 State Office Building
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Send a copy of your letter to:
Taajwar Kafeel Rasheed-Bey #10006
Indiana State Prison
P.O. Box 41
Michigan City, IN 46360
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