It’s Good to Know That Moral Non-Christians Don’t Exist
Every so often, I feel relieved that the religious overtones where I live are not actually as bad as other places. While I remember the pain of religious ostracization in public school, at least we’re less likely than some places to have direct violations of church/state separation. Today’s facepalm worthy example comes from Bay Minette, Alabama.
The program, known as Operation Restore Our Community, gives those convicted of minor, non-violent crimes a chance to simply attend church rather than serve time in jail. The program doesn’t require these people to do anything productive, such as work with a charity (I would find value in that, actually, giving them an opportunity to do reparative service to the community). All they have to do is go to church and check in each week with one of the approved pastors.
Oh, and the approved pastors? They’re only Christian ones. Because religious people are all Christians. And agnostics and atheists don’t exist. It’s one of those lovely programs that pretends that lawful and ethical behavior is in any way linked to religious belief. The lovely town police chief thinks:
…the core of the crime problem was the erosion of family values and morals. We have children raising children and parents not instilling values in young people.
So obviously the correct approach is to give people the “choice” to not go to jail so long as they listen to a preacher talk at them once a week; that’s sure to correct all their moral shortcomings. But the absolute worst ethical violation is that the idea that you’re improving these offenders by pushing a “Yay, Jesus!” approach to everything. Because, naturally, devoted religious people never do anything unethical, violent, evil or illegal. *cough*notruescotsman*cough*
You show me somebody who falls in love with Jesus, and I’ll show you a person who won’t be a problem to society.
Nope, nothing illegal, unconstitutional or unethical going on here. Move along.