BC: Muslim files complaint after Kamloops jail told him to use a towel as a prayer mat

KAMLOOPS – A Muslim man has filed a human rights complaint alleging the staff at the Kamloops jail refused to allow him to practise his religion while he was behind bars.

Andrew Monnette, 25, claims officials from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre would not give him access to a halal diet, a Qur’an or a prayer mat – instead offering him a towel as a stand-in.

Monnette is asking the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to make an order that inmates of all faiths be allowed to access to their religious materials. He is also asking that he be compensated for “significant anxiety” he claims to have experienced at the jail.

He alleges in his complaint to the tribunal that discrimination against him began in April 2014, when he was in the centre awaiting trial on a string of assault and firearms charges, and continued until his transfer to a Prince George jail last December…

  • I hope he gets a swell cell mate.

    • Surele Surele


      • barryjr

        Poor Bubba.

        • Surele Surele

          Heh 😉

    • WalterBannon

      I hope he trips and breaks his neck, coincidentally when the prison security cameras are malfunctioning…

  • Frau Katze

    Idiot convert.

    Monnette, who converted to Islam seven years ago while behind bars at a youth prison, said he tries to pray five times daily, using a prayer mat and beads, and adheres to a Muslim diet.

    • Millie_Woods

      He converted to Islam while he was in prison and now he’s back in prison again. Finding Mohammad sure is different than finding Jesus.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Keen observation. Or am I just a hater, too? 😉

      • Gary

        Jail is much like islam and easy to feel free when others make all the choices for you and you’re not tempted to challenge your free will .
        But once outside of jail it become tough to live by all those rules under sharia and follow the quranic verses to kill unbelievers and wage Jihad for the Calipahte .
        Jail is safe because muslims don’t have to think .

    • Rosenmops

      Why do they let imams into the prisons to convert people? Haven’t people in jail got enough problems without being brainwashed into a death cult? Probably the government is paying these “chaplains”.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    His relatives must be so embarrassed.

  • Towels are multi-purpose.

    Aren’t we supposed to re-purpose things for the environment or something?

    • Petey

      They’re essential to galactic hitch hikers.

      • Yeah.

        If only Mr. “I’m All Converted and Stuff” realised it.

  • Microaggressive

    tightening the noose was delegated to the people that Jews tried to genocide

    kill jews or go full genocide of one’s own

    I say kill Jews

    • Clink9

      Did the nuthouse just get WiFi tonight?

  • Kim Hanson

    Prisoners have no rights.

  • Canadian

    I suppose they also refused marital visits from his goat?

  • barryjr

    Prisoners should have no rights while serving their sentence.

  • tom_billesley

    What was wrong with the towel? Too colourful?