A Thanksgiving Fit–For an Atheist

While pondering things I should be thankful for this morning, I couldn’t help but feel distracted by all the bad news lately.

In particular, the success of atheists in court.

Well…it looks like we can finally chock one up for the God guys.

If this isn’t the best use of the court system…

Please join me in thanksgiving for Oklahoma District Court Judge Mike Norman.

Here’s the entire article, as reported by KSL.com;

By the way, that howling sound you’re hearing isn’t the wind…it’s the neighborhood secular humanist, screaming in unison with Satan himself.

A district judge in Oklahoma has generated new controversy by sentencing a teenager to 10 years of church attendance, even though the judge admits it’s not constitutional.

Religion News Services reports Judge Mike Norman gave Tyler Alred, 17, a 10-year deferred sentence for DUI manslaughter. Alred was driving a pickup truck that crashed and killed a passenger in December 2011.

In deferring the sentence, the judge not only ordered Alred to a decade of church attendance, but also required him to finish high school and welding school.

Alred’s attorney and the victim’s family agreed to the terms of the sentence.

The ACLU in Oklahoma calls the church requirement a “clear violation of the First Amendment.”

Judge Norman, who has recommended church as part of sentencing in some past cases, admits the church attendance part of the sentence won’t hold up legally but doubts either side in the case will appeal.

He says the sentence was the right thing to do.

The ACLU is considering its options, but according to RNS an individual or organization must have legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the church attendance requirement.

If you’re wondering why I’m not worried about this holding up in court, it’s because it can only be challenged by the defendant or the plaintiff.

Thankfully, the attorney for the client and the victim’s family both agreed to this truly redemptive sentence.

Only an atheist would prefer jail time for this young man.

So compassionate–aren’t they?



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