It MAY be lost on folks or missed that not only is this a less punitive offering it also saves the taxpayers from having to take care of them while they are sitting in the jail.
all states must comply with the constitution. in this instance, it's a practical abridgement of the individual's rights, not a literal abridgement. if a judge is going to provide a choice, it should not involve religion. no one in their right mind would choose jail over church, essentially forcing that person to attend church whether they want to or not. could the person attend ANY church, such as wiccan services?
Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
Whether or not a convicted criminal is "ridiculed" doesn't place high on my give-a-damn-o-meter. Having said that, while church people tend to be judgmental as all hell, I doubt they would openly berate him or collectively ostracize him. I imagine a bunch of them might have questions, and a few of the more zealous attendees might want to spend some extra time, but that's probably about it.
We're talking about a bunch of people who learn "judge not, lest ye be judged".
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
It still gives people who attend church regularly an allowance of 1 misdemeanor per year (charge dismissed) essentially without any ramifications whatsoever. They get off scott free.. no skin off from their backs
that is preferential treatment - one category or class of the population can just carry on as always going to church every sunday, and its like nothing ever happened.. meanwhile everyone else does have to face consequences and ramifications for the same actions.
edit: and the "choice" is lopsided when only one option allows for dismissal of charges.
Last edited by marduc; 09-27-11 at 10:44 AM.
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