Removal of crucifix from chapel sparks of religious, racial row in UK jail

December 16th, 2008 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec.16 (ANI): The removal of a crucifix from a newly built chapel inside the category B Lewes Prison in East Sussex has sparked off a religious and a racial row of sorts, which the prison staff is finding hard to quell.
According to the Daily Star, jail bosses have sparked fury by banning a cross from their new chapel in case it offended Muslims.
Officials were ordered to remove the traditional symbol during renovations and to work towards promoting multi-faith space i.e. a place of worship for both Christian and Muslim inmates.
But while the room features heated spas for Muslims to wash their feet, there is only a portable Christian altar which can be wheeled in and out when necessary.
Conservative MP Philip Davies told the Daily Star: Its barmy politically-correct madness no doubt dreamed up by some white middle-class, lentil-eating, sandal-wearing do-gooder. This kind of thing does so much damage to race relations because it builds up resentment.
The new chapel has been installed at category B Lewes Prison in East Sussex as part of PS1million improvements to crumbling Victorian wings. The prison houses 720 convicts. (ANI)

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