Alabama City Lets People Avoid Jail By Going To Church Instead

In a ridiculous violation of the separation of Church and State, Bay Minette, Alabama is offering those guilty of misdemeanors the choice between jail and a year of church. Now, I know what many of my atheist readers are thinking–having to attend church once a week is a punishment worse than jail, but think more carefully about this and you realize the city is actually interested in converting people, not punishing them here. This is clearly state imposition of religion, not of reformation, and giving the guilty a “choice”, a completely unbalanced choice, does not make it any less theocratic in nature.

via Religion Clause, more details on the story here.

On edit, I should have realized Friendly Atheist would already have extensive coverage, including details on who to contact to register your complaints.

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