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Muslim Prisoner’s Battle Over His Beard Will Be One of the Supreme Court’s Next Big Religious Liberty Cases

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The Blaze, September 5, 2014

“On June 28, 2011, Mr. Muhammad, representing himself, filed a lawsuit seeking the ability to wear a half-inch beard in accordance with his faith,” according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the conservative legal firm representing him. “Mr. Muhammad lost in federal trial court and in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.”

But that hasn’t stopped his quest to maintain a short beard — one that he says would be in accordance with his Muslim faith.

With the Becket Fund and Douglas Laycock of the University of Virginia representing him, Holt appealed to the Supreme Court and the justices are currently allowing him to wear the one-half inch beard until his case is heard.