Tuesday, December 13, 2005


The Spokesman Review reports on legal action undertaken by an inmate in the custody of The Idaho Department of Correction:

"Idaho inmate says sobriety program violates rights"


Glen H. Farnworth was ordered to complete a therapeutic treatment program such as Alcoholics Anonymous in order to secure parole. The complaint alleges the prayer requirements of the program and it's companion programs violates the plaintiff's religious freedom.

O'Malley Keckler, representing the Department, disagrees: "None of our programs have religious overtones. Our goal in treatment is sobriety and one of the most successful programs in the world is the one provided by AA. The core of this 12-step program is recognizing there is a higher power other than ourselves and the offender can chose that higher power to be anyone or anything he wants."

Keckler goes on to say "No one in the prison system is required to pray. In fact, offenders could easily choose a lamp or other inanimate object as a higher power if they liked.

If you don't want chicken, call it ham and eat it anyway...

A perfect example of an arrogant, narrow attitude housed in a narrower mind. This fool has no idea how viscerally offensive she is.

A "higher power" is by definition deity, unless you are going to toss government into the pot as well. And you can't be required to pray to the government... Yet...

Some of us have no use for any "higher power" or similar fiction. And that's our right. This is a perfect example of why freedom of religion necessarily includes freedom FROM religion...

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