Alabama Town Considers Rule By Bible
A tiny Alabama community is considering establishing a local government based on the Bible.
According to The New York Times, the Rev. James Henderson and others are circulating petitions to make the King James Version of the Bible the charter of the town of Brooksville and the Ten Commandments its ordinances. Henderson said the now-unincorporated village's 500 residents would vote in their churches on any disputes that come up.
"I've watched the issue of the separation of church and state get out of control," Henderson told the Times. "What we are trying to do, with this little country crossroads, is bring together the church and the state. We want to make life make sense again, for people."
Experts at the Alabama League of Cities said the plan appears to conflict with state law, which requires cities to be governed by a mayor and city council. It also appears to conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
Drunk Driver Gets Manslaughter Sentence In Death Of Jehovah's Witness Who Refused Transfusion
A drunk driver was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder in the death of a Jehovah's Witness who died after refusing a blood transfusion.
Keith Cook, 32, was convicted Dec. 18 of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and injuring the daughter of the woman who died. The Pomona, Calif., jury deliberated for three and a half days.
Defense attorney Charles Unger admitted that Cook could be held responsible for the traffic accident, but argued that his client should not be found guilty of murder. Jadine Russell died, Unger contended, because she refused blood transfusions in accordance with her religious beliefs.
Court To Ohio City: Lay Down Your Cross
An Ohio town that features a Christian cross on its official seal is violating the separation of church and state, a federal court has ruled.
In a Dec. 16 decision, Judge Dan Poster said the Stow seal, which includes a cross on one of its quadrants, has the unconstitutional effect of "advancing and promoting the Christian religion." He rejected the city's argument that the cross on the seal is not necessarily Christian because it is stylized and does not have nails.
Observed Poster, "A `reasonable observer,' when looking at the Stow seal on official documents, vehicles, etc., would conclude that there is some official connection between the city and Christianity. This is precisely what the Constitution of the United States prohibits."