Last edited by liblady; 09-27-11 at 10:30 AM.
Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
nowhere does it say that the criminal (let's not forget that these are convicted criminals) must take part in the service or pay attention. simply that they can choose to attend a church. if they are an atheist or a muslim or a jew or whatever, they can go in and sit on the back row and sleep.
it's still a much better deal than going to jail.
This is so messed up.
As others have pointed out, this means that non-violent offenders who already attend church regularly, are basically getting off scottfree because they already perform the "punishment" every week anyway. It would be like offering me a choice between jail or keeping my house clean, which I do every day anyway.
On the flip side of this, some may end up being cruelly punished through ridicule for holding their personal religious beliefs that clash with the beliefs of most/all churches in the area. How many different denominations are in the area? How far out can a person go to practice their beliefs? Does it have to be an established church/religion, or can it be one that is more of a religious meeting group? And the Sheriff specifically said "Sunday" attendance, but what about those religions that meet on other days of the week? Can a person switch churches if they are feeling ridiculed? Who gets to decide if someone is being treated cruelly by the church or not for maintaining their personal beliefs instead of accepting the church's beliefs?
A generic community outreach program or the normal community service program is much better than this and doesn't discriminate against people for holding other religious views, nor does it allow some people to get off without actually working, even if they normally do community service.
Last edited by roguenuke; 09-27-11 at 10:39 AM.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.