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News: Judge Denies Inmate Religious Request

This is more of an archive post than anything else pertaining to issues dealing with those who call themselves Asatru in prison.



Judge Denies Inmate Religious Request for Sword
April 1, 2008
Source: FoxNews.com

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A convicted killer's lawsuit that sought items for the practice of an ancient European religion has been thrown out of court.

Darrell Hoadley of Lead wanted a toy sword and other privileges for the practice of Asatru. His original handwritten complaint listed himself as counsel elder of the Asatru religious group at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

Hoadley was convicted of murder for his part in the 2000 torture slaying of Chester Allan Poage near Spearfish.

Hoadley had said he sued prison staff because they denied some of his requests while members of other religions have received similar privileges.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol dismissed the case. He adopted the recommendation of Magistrate John Simko, who said Hoadley's opportunity to practice Asatru has not been "meaningfully curtailed."

Prison officials already permit several items for Asatru followers, including a wooden hammer.

Some religious experts consider Asatru a pagan religion that can be interpreted as encouraging violence. It has becoming popular among prison inmates, one of whom was executed in Virginia for killing a fellow prisoner at the foot of an altar.

In his report and recommendation, Simko had concluded that Hoadley already has access to nearly all the items he requested and has acknowledged that his security status does not allow him to take part in the religious activities.

Hoadley had asked for 23 ritual items, 10 reference materials and other requests, including visits from people who also practice the religion.

He had sued Warden Doug Weber, Associate Warden Dennis Block, Cultural Activities Coordinator Jennifer Wagner and others.



Federal judge rejects inmate lawsuit over religious items
Apr 1 2008 12:29PM
Source: "http://www.kxmc.com/News/224401.asp">Associated Press</a>

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A convicted killer's lawsuit that sought items for the practice of an ancient European religion has been thrown out of court.

Darrell Hoadley of Lead (LEED) wanted a toy sword and other privileges for the practice of Asatru at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Hoadley was convicted of murder for his part in the 2000 torture slaying of Chester Allan Poage (POHG) near Spearfish.

Federal Judge Lawrence Piersol has dismissed the case, adopting the recommendation of Magistrate John Simko, who said Hoadley's opportunity to practice the religion has not been "meaningfully curtailed." (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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It's the usual BS. It's like being on a Unie list and listening to someone whose never read any Lore going on about "what you reeeaaallly need to be a Heathen". The only thing that could have "wiggle-room" is the use of fire in AS rites, since obviously inmates can't be trusted with flame!
Some of the Outreach folks don't help either. SOme are old Hippies or Erisian-types that think Police are Evil and give these Vargr ideas to clog the system....
Truth,
Pat
I really only post some of this stuff for later research. I've gotten into the habit of doing that with all news articles that tie back to Asatru somehow. By tagging all my entries, at any time I can find all those articles, in one central location so I don't have to hunt to find them. :)

As to Prison Asatru, I have a lot of mixed opinions on the subject. But in my opinion all they need access to, if they are truly believers is, one the myths and sagas, and two some sort of cup and plate (can be paper or styrofoam) in which they can give libations and offerings to the Gods in. There's no reason for there to be fire, swords, or any of this other ridiculous hoo-ha.
Personally, I'm with the Ancestors. Outlaws are just that. When they've "paid" their "Weregild"...no problem. Until they have, I have nothing to do with them. I'm not as bad as some of my ASH friends who won't associate with persons, kindreds or orgs that do as so not to have their Luck tainted by those supporting Wargs...
Truth,
Pat
I never said I'd choose to associate with them. But my feeling is if other inmates are giving 'exceptions' for their religions, some basics shoudl be granted to them. And I never rule out that sometimes people have to hit a low (prison included) to start getting their act in gear. I see no problem with anyone studying a religion if they might be able to find some sort of guidance to improve themselves. But I'll never call them Asatru until they've served their time, and proven that they are men or women or worth (not necessarily financial) in their community. Afterall, the most basic principle we have is troth, being true in words and deeds. If some sort of extenuating circumstance happened (such as a woman was attacked, and kileld in self defense but still got sent to jail (which has happened to the daughter of friends of my parents)) well then I certainly wouldn't ostracize them either.

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