The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on a case brought by an Arkansas inmate who says a prison ban on beards infringes on his right to practice his Muslim faith. Texas prisons have a similar ban. Which goes too far, a religious right to grow a beard or prison rules against them?
If you want to grow a beard, don’t go to prison. A person doesn’t get to break the law, and then complain when the punishment doesn’t suit them. Lindsey Dunn Hines
You forfeit rights in prison. That’s what prison is. No one is telling him he can’t pray or worship. If they allow him to have a beard then Catholics are entitled to candles and communion wine. Joe Randolph
Prison rules against them. This seems to violate our freedom of religion. I do not believe a beard jeopardizes any safety issues inside prisons so why not allow them if an inmate is sincere in his or her beliefs? Why do prisons have to take away the human dignity from the inmates? Anthony Emanuel Bond
If we can’t have religious freedoms like prayers at schools and public events like high school games, then why should we allow this exhibit of religious expression in our taxpayer, state-funded prison? Rodney Hill
Aren’t such grooming rules established for keeping hygiene in check? Back in the day I could see the importance, but wouldn’t it be cheaper for prisons to allow beards so expensive safety razors wouldn’t have to be made constantly available? Rachel KG Miller
The Muslim faith states that beards show love of Allah, but are NOT mandatory. Allah does not take a man to task for something that is beyond his ability, such as employer or prison. Beth Dawson
Given this holy war being waged by radical Islam against the West, I’m not terribly concerned with whether or not Muslims are offended because they’re not allowed to grow beards either. John Hale