The would-be jihadist who was convicted of threatening the creators of “South Park” over an episode featuring the Prophet Muhammad dressed in a bear suit is suing federal prison officials for limiting his ability to “fulfill Islam’s religious obligations,” The Smoking Gun has learned.
In a civil complaint filed last month, Zachary Chesser, 25, alleges that Bureau of Prison regulations limiting religious gatherings are a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and prevent him from fully exercising his beliefs.
Chesser, a Muslim convert, contends that Islam “obligates and encourages” various congregate activities, including five daily prayers, religious classes, and celebrations. However, he notes, the BoP “only permits such activity once per week.”
Chesser is seeking a judicial order enjoining prison officials from “enforcing its policy restricting religious gatherings.” Government lawyers have yet to file an answer to Chesser’s handwritten December 22 lawsuit.