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Now what? Murderers in prison have more rights than Christians



This is becoming absolutely ridiculous. It seems that the First Amendment has morphed from “Congress shall make no law…” respecting or establishing a religion, to the concept that nobody who works for the government, at any level, is allowed to express a Christian worldview. That is, any religious freedom is permitted, except Christianity.

A convicted murderer in Kansas is suing the Kansas Department of Corrections because, she contends, the prison has a “coercive atmosphere” including Christian-themed radio and television broadcasts, a (gasp!) 8-foot cross and proselytizing messages.


Kansas prisons impose Christian ‘propaganda,’ inmate alleges | Tony Rizzo, Hunter Woodall, The Wichita Eagle to a website about Thelema: “Most Thelemites hold that every person possesses a true will, a single overall motivation for their existence. The law of Thelema mandates that each person follow their true will to attain fulfillment in life and freedom from restriction of their nature. Because no two true wills can be in real conflict, this law also prohibits one from interfering with the true will of any other person.”

Topeka prisoner files lawsuit objecting to inundation by Christian propaganda | Tim Carpenter, The Topeka Capital-Journal American Humanist Association’s legal center in Washington, D.C., filed suit Wednesday in documents asserting inmates’ constitutional rights were violated by the state government’s coercive religious atmosphere and pressure to participate in Christian activities. In a separate filing, Webber-Dunn’s attorneys requested a U.S. District Court trial in Kansas City, Kan.

AHA champions the causes of atheists and others, which include attempts to restrain government from impinging on the First Amendment standard of separation of church and state.

“Prisons are not exempt from the Constitution and prisoners do not lose the shield from state-sponsored religion provided by the Establishment Clause,” said David Niose, legal director of the American Humanist Association.

Murderer sues Kansas prison for ‘imposing Christian beliefs’ | Fox News, 49, received a minimum 40-year sentence after her conviction on first-degree murder charges following the shooting death of her estranged husband, Scott Webber, in 1994, the newspaper reported.


Final Thoughts

Maybe Shari Webber-Dunn, the plaintiff, and inmate, should have listened to more Christian messages like “do not kill” and “love your neighbor” before she went off and shot her husband in 1994. Then she’d be free to pursue whatever pagan, Thelema, or even Pastafarian pursuits her heart desires.

+Jesseb Shiloh is not-so-new to blogging. He enjoys things that most don't and doesn't mind and occasional nap. And he's never ambiguous nor contradictory most of the time. Find him on Twitter.

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