Wed say that depends on the church.
If its, say, Westboro Baptist, please direct us to the nearest detention facility.
Muskogee County District Judge Mike Norman did not sentence 17-yearold Tyler Alred to attend a specific church. Alred is free to choose whichever place of worship hed like, so long as he goes regularly for 10 years.
Well, the Church of Satan probably wouldnt do.
See, following a 2011 auto accident in which his passenger was killed, Alred was found guilty of manslaughter. Norman then handed down his unusual and, some say, unconstitutional deferred sentence.
Oklahomans, sure love the freedom-of-religion part of the First
Amendment. But the freedom-from-religion part? Not so much.
Normans decision to give this defendant a choice between church and
prison cannot be enforced without illegal governmental intrusion into a
young mans conscience, said Brady Henderson, legal director of the
American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.
Illegal governmental intrusion?
Dont we usually hate that around here?
Perhaps we must fall back on the stock answer to such a question: This is different. Because Jesus.