15 Oct 2014

Atheist sent to jail for refusing to believe in higher power during drug rehab awarded $2 million.

An atheist in Northern California has been awarded nearly $2 million in a settlement with the state and a nonprofit drug rehab organization for violating his religious liberty by sending him to jail for refusing to submit to a “higher power” as part of a treatment program, local news outlets reported.
After serving a year behind bars for methamphetamine possession, 46-year-old Barry Hazle Jr. of Shasta County was ordered to participate in a residential drug treatment program.
When he arrived at the Empire Recovery Center in Redding, Calif., the atheist was told that the center’s 12-step program, which was modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous, involved submitting to a “higher power” through prayer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday.
When Hazle balked and asked about secular drug rehab, he was told that Empire was the only state-approved facility in Shasta County — and that it wasn’t picky about whom that higher power should be — the Chronicle said.
“They told me, ‘anything can be your higher power. Fake it till you make it,’” he told the newspaper.
But when Hazle still objected — the program included prayer and references to God, according to the Redding Record Searchlight — he was sent to jail at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco for more than 100 days. Probation officials said they did so because Hazle was allegedly being "disruptive, though in a congenial way, to the staff as well as other students ... sort of passive-aggressive,” the Searchlight said.
In 2007, Hazle sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and WestCare California, a Fresno-based substance abuse treatment organization contracted by CDCR to coordinate rehab for parolees, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Six weeks later the CDCR, citing federal case law, issued a directive saying that parole agents can’t compel a parolee to participate in religious-oriented programs, and that they must offer a nonreligious alternative if they object, the Bee reported.

7 comments:

  1. Who's paying?
    And what about the morons who got that guy jailed? Are they gonna be sent to jail now?

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  2. The money should be taken right out of the worker's pension funds any time a state employee violates a citizen's Constitutional rights they should pay the damage award.

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  3. How is one supposed to control themselves if they are told that they cannot control themselves? I find it hilarious when I see all these idiots standing outside an AA meeting puffing on their tobacco addictions or shoving sugar down their throats. AA does not stop addictive behaviors but rather becomes a new form of enslavement.

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  4. Congrats to this guy, the fairytale believers have to pay for there lunacy.

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  5. I know ex alcoholics who never went to an AA meeting. They just QUIT .

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  6. When I lived in the USA. I remember the county sending young kids to AA meetings when they were caught at a kegger party. The AA then convinced them they were alcoholics and made them pray to some invisible guy in the sky. Total lunacy. America is a bunch of retards.,

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  7. Barry won't live long enough to enjoy his $2M. As soon as he gets his hands on some $$$ he'll buy enough blow/meth to fry his mind and body in a week.

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