South Carolina woman gets arrested after refusing to attend church

South Carolina woman gets arrested after refusing to attend church November 7, 2018

Following a dispute with her parents about church attendance, Ashley Shanell Fuller called 911 to report that she was being harassed.

It proved to be an unfortunate call, for the police took her into custody after she got “upset,” “loud” and used “profane language” when she was told that what her father did was not harassment.

Ashley Shanell Fuller. Photo Union County Jail.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Fuller’s father went to his 30-year-old daughter’s bedroom – inside his house – and asked her if she “wanted to go to church and have communion.”

Fuller told deputies her parents knew she didn’t want to go to church and she wanted deputies:

To make her parents leave the house and leave her alone.

Deputies reported they were unable to calm Fuller, who her father said had been “acting this way all night.” The sheriff’s office reported there were no indications she was using alcohol or drugs.

Fuller was arrested and taken to the Union County Jail, where she was charged with breach of peace, according to the incident report. She was released from jail on Sunday afternoon, according to the sheriff’s office.

One can only hope that if Fuller is brought to trial, she won’t face a judge who believes in biblical judgements:

For God commanded, “Honor your father and your mother”, and, “Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die” – Matthew 15:4.

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  • kerryberger

    My goodness, she is 30 years old. She doesn’t have to obey her father anymore, even if she lives with her parents. The police are trying to impose religion on her. I say the cops had no business being there and it was a mistake to have called them. Sounds like parents and grown-up daughter both could use some counseling.

  • Jim Jones

    > One can only hope that if Fuller is brought to trial, she won’t face a judge who believes in biblical judgements.

    Or one who is using drugs.

    Burn the Fucking System to the Ground | Popehat

    https://www.popehat.com/2013/12/23/burn-the-fucking-system-to-the-ground/

    Dec 23, 2013 – “I’m a good judge” … said by government employee and judge Gisele Pollack who, it seems, sentenced people to jail because of their drug use…while she, herself, was high on drugs.

    But, in her defense, “she’s had some severe personal tragedy in her life”.

    (More …. )

    Jamal the $5 weed slinger, Shaneekwa the hair braider, and Loudmouth Bob in the 7-11 parking lot are at the bottom of the hierarchy. They can, literally, be killed with impunity … as long as the dash cam isn’t running. And, hell, half the time they can be killed even if the dash cam is running. This isn’t hyperbole, mother-fucker. This is literal. Question me and I’ll throw 400 cites and 20 youtube clips at you.

    Next up from the regular peons are the unionized, disciplined-voting-blocks. Not-much-brighter-than-a-box-of-crayolas teachers who work 180 days a year and get automatic raises. Firefighters who disproportionately retire on disability the very day they sub in for their bosses and get a paper cut.

    Above the cops, the prosecutors, and the judiciary we have the true ruling class: the cabal of (most) politicians and (some) CEOs, conspiring both against their own competitors and the public at large. If the public is burdened with a $100 million debt to pay off a money losing stadium, that’s a small price to pay if a politician gets reelected (and gets to hobnob with entertainers and sports heroes via free tickets and backstage passes).

    The system is not fixable because it is not broken. It is working, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to give the insiders their royal prerogatives, and to shove the regulations, the laws, and the debt up the asses of everyone else.

    Burn it to the ground.

    Burn it to the ground.

    Burn it to the ground.

    Merry Christmas.

  • Jim Jones

    And the cops need some retraining.

  • What the fork?

    She was well within her rights to NOT go to church, AND to ask — and reasonably expect — her parents to respect that. When her parents continued to press the issue, yes, it became harassment. The arrest was totally bogus.

  • a_b704

    30? Throw her out.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    Things like this are why i detest the bible belt. I worry that the northern states might have the same problem someday, simply put, because its not a concern here. It should be.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    bah, her parents probably wanted her to live with them. For *instructional purposes*

  • SocratesTheCat

    First, I am an atheist.,

    She probably could have had a better case if she had not allegedly got so hot when the cops showed up. yes, it’s unfair but in such situations, cops tend to go harder on people who appear (to them) to be too hot headed. I’m not up on how SC defines harassment but when the cops told her they did not see it as such, she was wasting time arguing with them (in my experience).

    I do not interpret this as the police forcing religion on her.

    Having said that, he parents suck.

    I think had I been her as a 30-yo…..go into her bedroom…lock or bar the door. Wait it out.

    I suspect her charges will be dropped. I hope she will be able to move out

  • Doubting Thomas

    No matter how misleading this post’s title, the police weren’t trying to impose religion on her as her arrest had nothing to do with religion. The police were apparently trying to keep the peace given what she was arrested for.

    And the police did have business being there. They were called. It’s their responsibility to respond to calls.

    I do agree that both child and parents could do with some counseling, though.

  • Doubting Thomas

    The title of this post is so misleading that it qualifies as atheistic click-bait. Her refusal to go to church had nothing to do with her arrest.

  • kerryberger

    I do agree with you that the police came because they were called. I do feel they sure didn’t listen to the concerns of the daughter very well and focused only on the parents. The cops comment to the daughter was inappropriate. Definitely a family in need of some serious mental health therapy.

  • Broga

    Please Jim, be reasonable. Of course she must be arrested and dragged off to the slammer if she doesn’t go to church. If they don’t arrest non attenders, or perhaps burn some at the stake, the churches will be empty? The churches in the UK are almost empty and those who attend are mostly the old and knackered. Is that what you want?

  • Lambchopsuey

    Way to provide the most misleading slant on the situation, along with that old canard bible verse that only serves to absolve abusive parents of all responsibility in creating dysfunctional relationships with their children. Typical dishonest Christian.

  • Doubting Thomas

    How did you determine that the cops didn’t listen to the concerns of the daughter very well?

  • kerryberger

    Read what the article stated instead of mouthing off.

  • Sophotroph

    Or, here’s a thought. When somebody asks you a question that in no way constitutes mouthing off, you could answer it instead of being a feckwit.

  • kerryberger

    You’re being sophomoric and you haven’t read the chain of note numbnuts

  • Doubting Thomas

    I did read the article and am still wondering how you determined how well the cops listened to the daughter. Given your reply I’m guessing you’ve got nothing and are simply avoiding that fact.

  • They listened to the daughter the same way they listen to victims of domestic violence. That is, they treated her like a criminal and coddled the abuser, in this case, the parents. At most, they patted her on the head and told her not to provoke her parents.

  • They had ZERO grounds for the arrest, tho. The parents WERE harassing her.

  • Adrian

    YEAH! Was that supposed to be a trick question? 😛

  • Doubting Thomas

    You seem to have a very vivid imagination given the actual information in the article. Or you just make shit up. Maybe both.

  • Nope, it’s based on personal experience.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Please tell me how your personal experience let’s you know how well these police listened to the daughter in this situation.

  • It’s not just me — law enforcement has a history of ignoring DV complaints until the victim is in the morgue.