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Protestor Convicted for Laughing?" style="width: 156px; height: 156px; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px; float: left;" class="CToWUd" width="156" height="156"/> Just one guffaw - that's all it took for Desiree Fairooz to go from a children's librarian and activist to someone facing serious jail time.

I'm not kidding here.

Back in January, Fairooz was arrested and removed from a Senate hearing after laughing at someone who said Jeff Sessions would treat all Americans equally.

As if to prove her point, she was then charged by the Justice Department with disorderly conduct.

Last Wednesday, she was convicted, and now faces up to a year in jail.

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Are we  becoming the New Evil Empire?

and guess who their number one target is:  US ATHEISTS

No way, Bert. You're here, you're queer, we're used to it.
I got no daughters. I'm 86, where can I get one?

Atheist or queer; I don't care. Both is ok.

She gotta laugh at politicians, tho.

I can laugh at you if I want to. What is disorderly about that? Next will come charges of disorderly for a sneeze or cough. Possibly even an unruly child. Under the new GOP Justice Department we have no justice. In fact, I have seen a video where the Congressman in a town hall meeting told an attendee that he could not question him. In order to do so, he said, you would have to run for that office yourself and be elected to Congress.

Can anyone see where the dominionists are going here? We are over run with Christo-Fascists. These things were very plain in 1933.

I agree. Here is an old link that talks about a year in prison for atheists:

Prison for atheists in Kentucky

Has anyone in Kentucky been convicted and fined or sentenced?

Until that happens--constitutions require a case and a controvery--few if any courts will hear the issue. In short, hypotheticals are ignored.

Tom, thanks for bringing us back to reality.  I'm naive about this. What does this mean about the enforcement of such a law? Is it enforced the first time someone breaks it?

Thank you, Tom, for tracking that down and also for a concise answer.

Someone didn't read carefully. I clicked on the link to AlterNet and found:

In Kentucky, a law requires the state’s Office of Homeland Security to post a plaque recognizing the power of the Almighty God--and violating this law could result in 12 months in prison.

I did NOT look for the law itself, so if AlterNet is correct a state office is required to post a plaque.

This sounds like an InterNet hoax, maybe fake news. Who will be jailed, the manager of the state's department of homeland security who did not post the plaque?

However, if there is such a law, it might be an attempt to violate the US Constitution's First Amendment in a way that denies standing to take the law to court.

If it's true that American Atheists sued, then to have standing they would need an AA member who lives in KY who could claim s/he had been harmed, perhaps by being considered outside the preferred theist class.

Thanks, Thomas.

As it was in ancient Rome, it still is in America:
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
-- Seneca

If anyone starts enforcing a law that says it is illegal to be atheist then you are at liberty to make up any outrageous god claim that you want to. If this ever changes in America and the god in question becomes the biblical god and that god only, then we have become worse than ISIS or any other radical religious regime. The guarantee of religious freedom in our Constitution should mean "either/and/or" in the selection of gods and religion, also meaning you have the freedom NOT to have gods and religion. The unfortunate thing is that society cannot see this. People want to force you to believe in and worship their god. Of course, all the other gods are wrong.

If you get right down to it this is the silliest damned thing I have ever heard of. It becomes worse when apologists try to justify it.




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