Via The Washington Examiner:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared to agree with an Arkansas inmate’s complaint that his religious rights were violated when prison officials refused to let him grow out his beard in accordance with his Muslim beliefs.
It’s the first religious liberty case the court has taken up since its controversial Hobby Lobby decision in June that said businesses can use religious beliefs to opt out of an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers cover birth control for employees.
Inmate Gregory Holt says he should be allowed to grow a half-inch beard, arguing that the prison's grooming policy against beards is discriminatory under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
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