Thursday, April 26, 2007

Quoting Bible passage is "get out of jail free" card

Another violation of separation between church and state! And how the hell does quoting memorized Bible verses prove that someone is a good person? Would a person of another religion or would an atheist/agnostic get off so easy?

Ohio judge frees man after Bible quiz

CINCINNATI - A man arrested on Wednesday for allegedly trying to use a stolen credit card at a drugstore got a break from a judge after passing a sort of Bible quiz.

When Eric Hine appeared in court this morning, his attorney described him as a church-goer, hoping the judge would set a low bond.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge John Burlew was skeptical and asked Hine to recite the 23rd Psalm.

He did: all six verses. Some in the courtroom applauded. [BARF!]

Burlew was satisfied and released Hine on a $10,0000 appearance bond, meaning he'll have to pay that amount if he doesn't show up for his next court date.

It really pisses me off that this guy gets caught and arrested for trying to steal from someone, and then be applauded because he can quote from a mythology book! And if he shows for his next court hearing, he doesn’t have to pay a dime.


The Alpha said...

The title of the article alone gave me pause. What is happening to our country?

BEAJ said...

I wonder if he would have let an Atheist off he could recite the first 6 verses of the bible. OK, probably not.

How about the first 6 verses of End of Faith or the God Delusion.

Stardust said...

beaj, I am sure if it had been an "out" atheist, the judge would have thrown the book at him...get it...ok...lame joke. :-S

vjack said...

Wow! I'm not even sure what to say to this. I guess this proves that "activist judges" really do exist. Of course, something tells me that the nutjobs on Fox "News" won't give this story their usual outrage.

Joe said...

What a joke. "church goer". Doesn't one of those pesky "commandments" say not to steal?

BigTex71 said...

What a joke. "church goer". Doesn't one of those pesky "commandments" say not to steal?

And the commandments are punishable by death, right? Maybe the judge should have given him the death sentence. :D