In about 3 minutes of browsing the local newspaper (hardcopy), I ran across these gems:
- Religious freedom and Detroit's knife law come into conflict in Wayne State student's case.
Sukhpreet Singh Garcha, a 23-year-old senior [at Wayne State University], was arrested on campus in August for carrying a 10-inch knife on his hip and was charged with violating a city ordinance that prohibits carrying knives with blades longer than 3 inches. Garcha, a practicing Sikh, said the knife was a tenet of Sikhism -- a religion founded in India.
The charge was later dropped, but the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Sikhs have rallied around the student, claiming the arrest violated Garcha's religious rights.His lawyers have asked 36th District Court Judge Rudy Serra to clarify the city's knife ordinance. Serra is expected to issue an opinion as soon as today that will likely exempt kirpans from the city's knife ordinance
Now that makes sense to a lot of people. I know some people who belong to the Seefore religion which has been around for thousands of minutes. Their religion does not allow them to go into public without wearing their C4 and detonators. We need to have a federal exemption for them here in the U.S. Meanwhile, keep those manger scenes off the streets. Also, the Howitsgoing monks are required to travel with Howitzers. Many of these monks feel persecuted in public places such as universities... just like this poor student.
- Women having sex with boys: Is it child abuse? N.Y. judge calls one woman's behavior unacceptable, but adds teen was not victimized by her.
When Sandra Beth Geisel, a former Catholic schoolteacher, was sentenced to six months in jail last month for having sex with a 16-year-old student, she received sympathy from a surprising source.
Judge Stephen Herrick of Albany County Court in New York told her she had "crossed the line" into "totally unacceptable" behavior. But, he added, the teenager was a victim in only the strictly legal sense. "He was certainly not victimized by you in any other sense of the word," the judge said.
Well of course he wasn't harmed. Sandra was a real looker! Oh, wait. That's not a good reason. Right, the judge is a guy who remembers what he spent all of his time thinking about when he was 16! Regardless, we can't have a bunch of over-sexed, child-bearing women trying to get our boys in trouble. You should have heard that poor kid screaming.
- Evolution fight puts suburb in spotlight. The evolution controversy in this comfortable Atlanta suburb began with one boy's fascination with dinosaurs.
"He was really into 'Jurassic Park,' " his mother recalled. The trouble was, "we kept reading over and over that 'millions and millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth,' " Marjorie Rogers continued. "And that's where I said, 'Hmm -- wait a second.'
" Like others who adhere to a literal reading of the Book of Genesis, Rogers, a lawyer, believes that the Earth is several thousand years old, while most scientists, basing their estimates on the radioactive decay of rock samples, say the planet is billions of years old.
Rogers soon began a quest to challenge what she sees as educators' blind faith in evolution. It evoked a groundswell of support from other residents of this affluent suburb of high-tech office parks and shopping malls, and it pushed the county school board to put warning labels on biology textbooks saying that evolution "is a theory, not a fact."
You know, I've been looking for a good lawyer....