Sometimes I’m just astonished at the inability of some Christians to recognize any limits whatsoever on their desire to proselytize. A state judge in Florida has been handing out Bibles to defendants in his courtroom, a clear violation of legal ethics and the law. He’s now been ordered not to do so.
Judge Hal Epperson, an Osceola County criminal court judge, is now under a magnifying glass after a new study was released.
The Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers surveys attorneys in the area on how they view local judges.
One comment stood out: It accused Epperson of having Bibles in his courtroom. The comment read as follows: “To, in open court, offer criminal defendants who, at his will, could serve years in jail any endorsement of any religion gives the appearance of the government-forced religious conversion.”Epperson and Chief Judge Belvin Perry both declined to comment on the issue.
Epperson is no longer giving away the Bibles, per orders by Perry.
This is an inherently coercive environment where the judge has enormous power over the person they’re offering the Bible to. Would you turn it down knowing that the judge controls your life and could, say, give you a longer sentence if you refuse? I just can’t imagine how the judge thought this was in any way appropriate.