Court: No Religious Exemption From Strip-Searches by Opposite-Sex ‘Transgender’ Prison Guards; Plaintiff Files Appeal – Women Are Human
US — Wisconsin. United States federal courts are caught in a quagmire with a case pitting the constitutional guarantee to free exercise of religion against the identity of individuals who perceive themselves to be the opposite sex. A district court determined that one person’s right to identify as and be offered the same duties as members of the opposite sex overrides another’s religious prohibition against being seen naked by a member of the opposite sex. Now a higher court is hearing the appeal.
West’s lawsuit contends that prison staff and officials subjected him “to pressure to violate his beliefs by submitting to a strip-search in front of, or by, an allegedly female officer,” court documents show. Since 1995, West has been a devout Muslim also known as Mansa Lutalo Iyapo. The inmate said he is prohibited under Islamic law from exposing his nakedness to a member of the opposite sex who is not his wife, and committing this sin would condemn him to punishment “in this life and in the Hereafter.”