Mixing Church and State in Old Dixie

If you are charged … and found guilty … with certain lower level crimes in Bay Minette Alabama, you can totally get out of any legal proceedings by opting out of the legal system and instead taking the baby Jesus into your heart.

Starting this week, under a new program called Operation ROC (Restore Our Community), local judges in Bay Minette, Alabama, will give those found guilty of misdemeanors the choice of serving out their time in jail, paying a fine or attending church each Sunday for a year.

But It’s OK. You get to pick the church! So it’s not like jamming a particular religion down everyone’s throat! That’s OK, then, right?

Details here.

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4 Responses to Mixing Church and State in Old Dixie

  1. sidhe3141 says:

    It’s a good thing I don’t live down there. Otherwise I might be tempted to see if I could get picked up for something just to try appealing it.

  2. Die Anyway says:

    Some enterprising person should start a church where the Sunday sacrement is 3 slices of pepperoni pizza and a 6-pack of Bud.

  3. eoleen says:

    …hummmmmm…. I wonder… does the Church of the Profits (see http://home.epix.net/~jlferri/profit.html) If so, I’m sure that a local “parish” could be opened for the benefit of repentant sinners.

  4. Steve Gerrard says:

    I take this as good news. Apparently in the hearts and minds of the good people of Bay Minette Alabama, the following three things are equally undesirable punishments:

    1. serving time in jail
    2. paying a fine
    3. attending church each Sunday for a year

    I think I agree with them!