Losing His Religion? Inmate Cites ‘Festivus’, Gets Kosher Meals

'Seinfeld' episode used as religious observance

SANTA ANA (AP) — An inmate in California who disliked salami was able to receive kosher meals after his attorney cited the “Seinfeld” holiday Festivus as his religious belief.

The Orange County Register reported Monday that 38-year-old convicted drug dealer Malcolm Alarmo King asked for kosher meals at the Theo Lacy jail to maintain his physique.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports

Orange County sheriff’s officials reserve such meals for inmates with religious needs, so a judge demanded a religious reason for King to get the meals.

His defense attorney, Fred Thiagarajah, cited his client’s devotion to Festivus — the holiday celebrated on the hit TV show with an aluminum pole and the airing of grievances.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ryan Burris says King got salami-free meals for two months before the county got the order thrown out in court.

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  1. al says:

    Who the heck was the judge that bought “Festivus” as a religion?!?!?! And can we get that apparently gullible judge “for the rest of us”????

  2. el jefe says:

    you forgot feats of strength in the Festivus celebration

  3. Jz says:

    Why can’t festivus be a real religion?? It’s not like any religion is real anyways.

  4. Masquer08er says:

    This is rediculous on so many levels. BTW, Jz, all religions are real. I’ve seen most of them. Many own big buildings.

  5. SFJD says:

    Well, there’s no inherent reason why “festivus” couldn’t be treated as a legitimate religion. It doesn’t matter how many followers a particular faith has, or how weird its beliefs are.

    What matters is that the prisoner is sincere in his beliefs. Of course, in this case, I’d call that sincerity into question: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2010/12/17/a-festivus-for-the-rest-of-us-in-prison/

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