Originally Posted by bowtown
Interesting that you chose to leave this part out:
While I'm no big fan of church or organized religion, sometimes you have to work with what you've got. In a situation where you have a tragedy like this, aside from getting the kid help (as I posted above), I think it also makes a lot of sense to keep him in a routine where he is surrounded by a community that can support him and keep an eye on him. In the case of a town on Oklahoma, church is probably the best bet for that.
Maybe you'd just prefer he go rot in jail though? The family of the victim certainly doesn't.
Well I am glad Drek answered your confusion, I think you missed the point entirely.
1st Surrounded by the same community that has gotten him to this point already.
2nd The other things you bring up as my having "left out" (ankle bracelet) are very common punishments in america and quite common, it is so standard why would I take issue with it? I didn't leave it out because I think this guy got a light punishment. I think he got a strangely religious punishment.
3rd. Government can force me into religion?
Lonestar and You immediately jump to a conclusion that everyone who doesn't think this kid should be forced to go to church therefore thinks he should rot in jail for life?! Drawing conclusions on your own there.
I believe the law should be enforced as it was drawn up, nowhere in the law does it say if you do something wrong you will be forced to go to religious services.
If you feel church is the only community for him there, I would challenge that there are tons of other communities including the normally used AA.
I think you two would have big problems if the judge had said, well you killed this guy and to make make it so you are surrounded by better people we are ordering you never to attend church for 10 years.
If he made an order AGAINST religion Lonestar would nut himself. Next time either of you "defend the constitution" to support your argument, remember that time you didn't.