Church or Jail: Area Pagans Speak Out

Yesterday I profiled a controversial new policy in Bay Minette, Alabama that would offer non-violent criminals a choice: jail time or attendance at a local (Christian) church for one year. Aside from the obvious constitutional issues this program poses is the fact that there are no options available for religious minorities. httpv://“Some critics say the program definitely crosses the line between church and state, with some minority religious groups shut o … [Read more...]

Church or Jail: Would a Local Coven Count?

The announcement of a new program in Bay Minette, Alabama has garnered nationwide attention due to the questions it poses regarding the separation of church and state. Bay Minette's non-violent misdemeanor offenders will now get a choice: jail time or regular attendance at a local church. httpv://"Operation ROC resulted from meetings with church leaders," Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland said. "It was agreed by all the pastors that at the core of the c … [Read more...]