Federal Judge Jane Magnus Stinson just determined that John Walker Lindh, an American caught fighting for the Taliban, is entitled to five prayer meetings a day with other Muslim prisoners ("A Courtroom Victory for the 'American Taliban'" by Ammar Amonette, op-ed, Jan. 30). Previously, he was allowed to pray by himself as he wished and group prayer was only allowed once a week because of space and security concerns. It is decisions like this that shake the faith that normal people have in the ability of America to survive in this crazy world.
Insuring [sic] that the rights of minorities are not trampled by the majority is a foundation of our system. However, giving this turncoat rights that others would not otherwise enjoy makes no sense. There should be a process put in place wherein really stupid judicial decisions can be canceled without the typical long court-appeal process.
Satellite Beach, Fla.