“Satanic” Inmate Sues For Pagan Diet
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada inmate who says he practices Satanism has accused county jailers of violating his constitutional rights by denying him meals consistent with the strict diet of his pagan religion, including ice cream.
Alex C. Snelson is serving two to six years in state prison for possession of a stolen car after spending time in the Washoe County Jail in Reno for possession of methamphetamine and brass knuckles.
He says he was denied the right to freely exercise his religion last year when he was forced to break from a strict dietary regime that allows only “whole foods,” no bi-products or processing additives. He said in an amended complaint filed in federal court in Reno on Wednesday ice cream is a “whole food” that he deserves same as the non-pagan inmates.
County officials had no immediate comment.
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