Well Alabama leads the nation in stupid ideas and yet another attempt to force us into a theocracy with this one. An Alabama town, Bay Minette plans to start an alternative sentencing program that would give non-violent offenders a new choice: Go to jail, or go to church.
Starting next week, the program will allow a city judge to sentence all misdemeanor offenders to work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine, or go to church every Sunday for a year. Offenders who select church can pick the place of worship but must check in weekly with the pastor and the police department. If the one-year church attendance program is completed successfully, the offender's case will be dismissed.
The Alabama branch of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to send Bay Minette officials a letter demanding that they suspend the program. Assuming that the post office hasn't been shut down and that the town officials can both read and comprehend the Queen's English, they are wasting their time. The ACLU and anyone awake claims that the law violates the Establishment Clause and that the government cannot force someone to attend church. When the alternative to going to church is going to jail, the so-called `choice' available to offenders is no choice at all.
Pastor Robert Gates of Christian Life Church leads one of 56 congregations( who should start paying taxes), participating in the effort. He predicted it would succeed. Right...because Biblical prophecies are so accurate....how many people have sold their homes or killed themselves based on "the end of the word is on _________insert date." Thousands.
"You show me somebody who falls in love with Jesus, and I'll show you a person who won't be a problem to society but that will be an influence and a help to those around them," he told the television station.
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And they wonder why the number of people are identifying as either atheists or non religious affiliated go up year after year. If you want any more proof that the Christian Evangelical churches are nothing more than a lobby for the government then you have been asleep for the last 20 years. George Bush was never a menace to America until after he found Jesus, he heard the call then ran for President. I bet they get a lighter sentence if they donate money to the church, or the pastors personal bank account. Let's just throw away the Constitution and replace it with the Bible and indoctrination.
This law should be Rihanna's next hit single: S&M with GOD. (that is if her label tells her to say that)