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Fun Friday: Church as Alternative to Alabama Slammer?

Ever play that game “Would you rather?” Here’s a Fun Friday edition: Would you rather spend a year in jail or church?

It’s not entirely theoretical, at least not for nonviolent, first-time offenders in Alabama:

And for a related question: If you get arrested under Alabama’s strict new immigration law, could you serve time by going to church instead of jail? That would certainly be convenient for clergy concerned that such laws will penalize Good Samaritans!


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posted October 1, 2011 at 2:37 am

The Alabama program is blatantly illegal and won’t last a week in court.

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posted October 2, 2011 at 12:36 am

Hey Nicole! I hope all’s been going well with you. Not sure if this is relevant to your post, (which didn’t seem to want to work for me on this computer, but anwway, whatever…..), but I’ve just read a article on Rick Perry. You’re no doubt familiar with it, so I won’t bore you, but in case you haven’t, he says that he, among sadly a growing number of Americans(and, I’m embarased to add Australians, too, is in complete denial that humans are reponsible for climate change, and, according to him”the science is not settled”. Without wanting to sound pompous, I beg to differ. I haven’t been there, however, one only has to go to as close to Australia as Indonesia, where the habitat of the oranjutan is being savagely eroded by poachers, for land clearing. Add to this, in previous years, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc(except, of course, for earthquakes, of course, but the evidence is obvious. We really need to wake up, as we only get one Planet Earth.

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