Alabama Town Delays ‘Go To Church Or Go To Jail’ Program

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that the Alabama town of Bay Minette was poised to implement an unconstitutional plan that would effectively allow minor offenders to be sentenced to a year of church attendance, under penalty of imprisonment if they missed a Sunday service. In the wake of national press attention widely condemning the unconstitutional plan, the town will delay implementing the program in order to re-examine whether the plan is legal. If the town’s lawyers are even minimally competent, they will conclude that it is not. Even conservative Justice Scalia agrees that compelled attendance at religious services violates the Constitution, and a Mississippi judge was recently suspended from the bench for implementing a similar program.