Things I am passionate about. Injustice, stupidity, intolerance, bigotry and small-mindedness. Oh and there might just be some humor to offset the whole thing.

Inmate can’t build firepit…

Posted by morganwrites on October 7, 2007

Montgomery, Ala. – A federal appeals court has rejected an Alabama inmate’s bid to build a fire in a pit at a state prision as part of his religious worship. Tony Lee Smith, 38, wanted to build a fire at St. Clair Correctional Facility to practice an ancient polytheistic Nordic religion called Odinism, according to his lawsuit.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that prision officials did not violate Smith’s religious rights by refusing his request. The prison had feared a backlash because the religion is said to incorporate white supremacist beliefs.

Smith’s attorney, Henry “Hank” Sherrod III of Florence, Ala., said Smith had never been a white supremacist.

According to the suit, prison officials gave Smith a candle.

How much, exactly, did the first trial and the appeals trial cost the law abiding citizens of this country? How often do you think that trials like this are brought before our overcrowded legal system. When did this country loose it’s sense of reasoning. How about passing a law that punishes and fines the bringer of a suit that is just plain idiotic. How about passing laws that forbid attorneys to plead and judges to hear this type of drivel. We have to renew our drivers’ licenses every so often, let’s review our politicians, attorneys and judges every so often. Don’t you realize that, aw, never mind.

Thanks to the AP for this story.



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