(Sakeena Majeed via The Guardian)
While serving 60 days in the Cuyahoga County jail in Cleveland, Sakeena Majeed, a Muslim woman, says she was forced to attend Christian church services.
The Guardian</em> reports,
Sakeena Majeed said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that a correction officer made her and other Cuyahoga County jail inmates attend Friday afternoon services led by a Baptist minister. She alleged that she was threatened with solitary confinement if she did not attend and that another correction officer mocked her when she refused to actively participate.
“That should be offensive to anybody, no matter what your religion is,” said her attorney Matthew Besser, who filed the lawsuit. “The government can’t tell you what god to pray to or to pray at all.”
Majeed, who was serving time for assault as a result of a conflict which stemmed from a jaywalking charge, says she is filing a lawsuit in hopes that it will bring attention to the issue and prevent a similar situation from happening to others.