Sunday, June 10, 2012

Court says no to religious freedom to practice "Vampirism"


A man who said his religious freedom to practice "Vampirism" is being violated in prison won't have his day, or even night, in court.

Courtney Royal, who is also known as "Vampsh (sic) Black Sheep League of Doom Gardamun Family Circle Master Vampire High Priest" on court documents, filed the suit two years ago against the Alfred Hughes Unit, a Texas prison and its administrators, including the warden and chaplain, because he wasn't allowed to "properly practice my religion of Vampirism," court records showed.

Royal is serving a life sentence in Gatesville, Texas, for several charges related to aggravated assaults and robberies with a deadly weapon, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

While in prison he said he hoped vampirism would be recognized by officials and that he would have the ability to practice the faith which included having access to religious items, special dietary needs and a spiritual adviser. He specifically requested "rugs, rode,  (and) beads." Royal claims all of these requests were denied by the prison. It wasn't clear whether "rode" is an esoteric needful thing or just a typo.

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