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kywriter Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 1:09 PM
I don't have any problem at all with Wicca; have lots of friends who are true believers. What I have a problem with is paid chaplains in prisons at all. Shouldn't their respective religious organizations be paying them to minister to the imprisoned? By paying for a service that should be provided for in a different way, the state leaves the door open for this sort of idiotic lawsuit.
Joseph64 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 6:16 PM
Should taxpayers be paying for any clergy at all? Doesn't THAT violate the 1st Amendment more than not providing them at all? Isn't the government promoting religion by paying for clergy in the prisons?
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 11:17 AM

Why quibble now?

This is not about you miscreants.

sbemis Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 2:17 PM
I agree.The tax payers should not be footing the bill to pay for Religious instruction,help,support-feel this is a violation of Church/state.Atheiesism is a religion and so there might as well be spots for them as well.But the adherents of any religion-not the tax payer-should be the ones to provide the service.
In its wisdom -- and yes, I am being ironic -- the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a ruling Tuesday that revives a California inmate lawsuit to force the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to hire a paid, full-time Wiccan chaplain. Oddly, the three-judge panel found that the complaint "did not contain sufficient facts to support a cognizable legal theory under the First Amendment." Nonetheless, the court overturned a federal judge's 2011 dismissal of the lawsuit.

It's enough to make you wonder whether Samantha twitched her nose and cast a spell on the robed wonders. Or,...

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