Nutbag Judges: Eroding Our Religious Freedoms
Well, ZPT fans, I have not one but TWO Nutbag Judges for you today, eroding our religious freedoms and making our founding fathers do somersaults in their graves. My comments (as always) are in red:
NUTBAG JUDGE #1: Church or Jail?
AP) A judge has been offering some drug and alcohol offenders the option
of attending worship services instead of going to jail or rehab -- a practice some say violates the separation of church and state. Gee, you think so?
District Judge Michael Caperton, 50, a devout Christian, said his goal is to
"help people and their families."
"I don't think there's a church-state issue, because it's not mandatory and
I say worship services instead of church," he said. Oh, I'm sure that fooled the Constitution. It's old and getting senile. @@
Alternative sentencing is popular across the country--ordering vandals to repaint a graffiti-covered wall, for example. But legal experts said they didn't know of any other judges who give the option of attending church.
Caperton has offered the option about 50 times to repeat drug and alcohol offenders. It is unclear what effect the sentence has had. You mean, other than forcing religion down their throats?
David Friedman, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, said the option raises "serious constitutional problems."
"The judge is saying that those willing to go to worship services can avoid jail in the same way that those who decline to go cannot," Friedman said. "That strays from government neutrality towards religion."
CBS News Judge's Offer: Church Or Jail May 31, 2005 13:30:09
NUTBAG JUDGE #2: No Pagan Beliefs!
Judge: Parents Can't Teach Pagan Beliefs
Author: Kevin Corcoran Source: Indianapolis Star (IN)
An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge's unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals." Who gets to decide what is "mainstream" and what is not? Let me guess: fundamentalist Christianity is mainstream...everything else is not. Right? Jerkwads.
The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that emphasizes a balance in nature and reverence for the earth. An old and venerable religion, I might add, practiced by countless law-abiding citizens and terrific parents. Which is really what this asshole judge is saying, when it all gets boiled down, isn't it? That only fundamentalist Christians are fit parents? What a load of shit that is!
Cale J. Bradford, chief judge of the Marion Superior Court, kept the unusual provision in the couple's divorce decree last year over their fierce objections, court records show. The order does not define a mainstream religion. Of course he didn't "define" it. He thought it was "self-explanatory," right? Numbnuts.
Bradford refused to remove the provision after the 9-year-old boy's outraged parents, Thomas E. Jones Jr. and his ex-wife, Tammie U. Bristol, protested last fall. What the fuck is the point of this provision? Neither parent objects...this is their family's religion. HOW DARE this asshole attempt to dictate his personal beliefs as to what should and should not constitute "appropriate" worship onto this family?
The ICLU and Jones assert the judge's order tramples on the parents' constitutional right to expose their son to a religion of their choice. Both say the court failed to explain how exposing the boy to Wicca's beliefs and practices would harm him. News flash: the court didn't explain it, because IT WON'T HARM THE CHILD. Self-righteous, bigotted, moronic BASTARDS.
Let me say this: I am a Christian. But it will be a cold day in hell when I agree to any of THIS shit. These judges (and the people who support them) are the ones giving Christianity a bad name.
They ought to be ashamed of themselves...and removed from the bench. ASAP.