Religion vs The Law
The Best of Times|October 2020
Religion vs The Law
Do you drink in church?
Lee Aronson

Thomas Jefferson (all names have been changed) does. And he’s the Reverend! Let me explain. Mr. Jefferson got arrested for cockfighting. His defense? I am the Reverend of Holy Fight Ministries and we believe that cock fighting is an essential part of our religious faith. My arrest violates my right to freedom of religion!

And, no, I am not making this up. The Judge in this real-life Louisiana case took a look at the evidence. Mr. Jefferson had been arrested during a police raid of his Church/cock house. During the raid, the police took plenty of pictures. Pictures of “a cockfighting arena littered with discarded food and alcohol containers; a handwritten betting ledger; rooster corpses and other indicators of a commercial cockfighting operation.”

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October 2020