Operation Restore Our Community goes into effect this week in the tiny deep south redneck hamlet Bay Minette, Alabama, when the sanctimonious city authorities and judge will give convicted misdemeanor offenders a Hobson’s choice: go to church and seek Jesus Christ as your personal saviour, or pay your fines and go to jail.
In short, if you have committed a petty crime in that town and don’t seek the city government sponsored Christian God by signing up for a year of Sunday church services, you’ll go directly to jail. If you are a Muslim offender, you’ll seek Jesus or go to jail. If you are a Jew, you’ll seek Jesus or go to jail. And, heaven forbid, if you’re an atheist; you’ll go to church on Sunday every week for a year, whether you like it or not, or rot away your sentence in the city monkey house.
There are no mosques or synagogues in Bay Minette, Alabama, at least not ones participating in the program. Petty miscreants will therefore get to pick from a list of 56 participating churches – all of them Christian. It’s a bunch of Christian Bible thumpers forcing their religion down the throats of hapless captives.
Local church pastor, Robert Gates, told an Alabama radio station that the program is “a win-win for everyone involved.” "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," he said.
Well, I for one can show pastor Gates a few Christian clergy who have fallen in love with Jesus along with the tender innocent flesh of little boys and girls among their flocks. I can show him Jesus lovers who like to steal from, molest, rape, and even murder their neighbors. I can prove to him beyond a shadow of a doubt that church goers and Jesus lovers are just as likely to act immorally and commit crimes, big and small, as anyone.
"Operation ROC resulted from meetings with church leaders," Bay Minette Police Chief, Mike Rowland, told the Alabama Press-Register. "It was agreed by all the pastors that at 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."
How about that? The city fathers, cops, and preachers of Bay Minette, Alabama got together one day and decided that their petty crime problem results from a lack of good old fashioned Christian religion among the townspeople. Some folks just aren’t instilling the city of Bay Minette style of Christian values and morals in their kids so they have to do something drastic about it.
The irony of it all is that the city of Bay Minette, Alabama, with this outrageous program, is committing a far more serious crime against humanity than any petty misdemeanant could ever hope to commit. The law is a blatantly unconstitutional violation of the most basic and cherished American civil rights.
We have to wonder what part of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution the religious tyrants of Bay Minette, Alabama don’t understand. Their ill conceived and bigoted Jesus program manages to violate the Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Association, all in one fell swoop.
If I had my way, the corrupted Christian authorities of Bay Minette, Alabama should be given this choice: take a crash course in American history, civil rights 101, and the Constitution of the United States, or go to jail; go directly to jail; do not pass Go, and do not collect their monthly paychecks for the following year.