I don’t even have the energy to go on a rage-filled tirade against this bullshit.
The program is called Operation Restore Our Community, WKRG reports. Bay Minette citizens charged with a misdemeanor can choose spending a year’s worth of Sundays in a local church rather than paying a fine and sitting in the clink.
The stark choice has civil libertarians asking whether the initiative could be seen as government-coerced religion, which is forbidden under American law.
Unbelievable. I suppose that means if you aren’t Christian, you’re either shit out of luck or need to convert.
Now, the counter argument is “well you don’t have to go to church, just take the standard sentence!” But that’s missing the point. Alabama is telling us that if you turn to Jesus, you don’t deserve jail time. By going to church, you needn’t be removed from society and lose a single day of your life. Jail is for the heathens, but if you see the light of Christ’s love you can continue to live your life uninterrupted.
I’d actually love to see some ultra-Jewish area of the country offer people jail time or Sabbath attendance, just to see what would happen.