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Post by Alkaline on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:24 pm

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/09/24/alabama-town-gives-offenders-a-choice-jesus-or-jail/

So, if you haven't heard, a town in Alabama has given nonviolent offenders the choice of jail or attending church every Sunday for a year.

Thoughts?

My opinion: I personally don't really like this for two reasons:

1: Doesn't this violate the First or something? And you just know they'd be BAAAWWWWing if it was any other religion (or lack thereof). Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, though.
2: You just know that a lot of people would see this as a get-out-of-jail-free card - I certainly would.

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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by Mr. Wiggles on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:32 pm

I thought church was compulsory anyway in your Jails?

Regardless, this seems like blatant discrimination and violation of the prisoner's rights. Especially if the offender doesn't or even already has a religion.

No, this seems more like a step backwards to me. Admittedly if it was more simplified rehabilitation and establishing morality I could accept it. However, it just seems like forcing people to convert is not the same thing. Besides when did the pastor become the parole officer?

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Post by Walnutman on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:38 pm

This really disturbs me, I thought this was unconstitutional or summin.

Kinda reminds me of the ending to Merchant of Venice.

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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by Mr. Wiggles on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:40 pm

Walnutman wrote:

Kinda reminds me of the ending to Merchant of Venice.

I thought that actually. Although I can't tell whether they're specifically forcing Christianity on people it said there was over 50 churches signed up so your left to presume as to what or whether other religions are available.

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Post by Walnutman on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:43 pm

Mr. Wiggles wrote:

I thought that actually. Although I can't tell whether they're specifically forcing Christianity on people it said there was over 50 churches signed up so your left to presume as to what or whether other religions are available.

It was the "forced" conversion more than anything. Even if other religions are available it's still iffy.


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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by Alkaline on Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:48 pm

Anyone else?

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Post by Pararaptor on Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:02 am

Yes, it's stupid, but...
It's Alabama. It's like getting angry at a dog for not shitting in the toilet.
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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by LordCuthberton on Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:59 am

I'd go fiction over fact any day.

As in jail is a fact, and Jesus is fiction.

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Post by Komrade Kharloth on Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:24 am

I am now picturing a bunch of stoners stealing bibles for rolling papers.

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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by Furburt on Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:48 am

So, mindless, pointless tedium or mindless, pointless tedium. Hell of a choice.

Still, it's only for misdemeanors anyway. You'll hardly find murders there. If it was a slightly more sane country/state, they'd probably just be given community service, which would be far more useful.

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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by Hubilub on Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:25 pm

It be bloody religious imperialism it is. A way to enforce one religion over all others. BULLSHIT IT BE.

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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by Komrade Kharloth on Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:45 pm

It's the south, ya know, that place where not being a Reagan-loving bible-thumping USAUSAUSA zombie is grounds for an ass kicking.

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Re: Jesus or Jail

Post by MilkyFresh on Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:25 pm

Wow that's... Something

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