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IN: COA considers whether ban on sex offenders attending church violates RFRA

Three Boone County men convicted of serious sex offenses are looking to the Indiana Court of Appeals to determine if they can return to their churches as the court considers whether a ruling that the men cannot attend church when children’s programming is in session violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Full Article

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  1. Txso4life

    Just heard oral argument, once again attorney for the state cited and repeaterly stated the false and high frighten data of recidivism, and john doe attorney failed to rebut that false assumption. One of the justices cited justice Kennedy “the troubling fact of restrictions place on people whom has completed their sentence” from the packingham case. Equally on the recent colorado court, the presiding judge also stated kennedy’s troubling fact in his opinion. Courts are stared to reference kennedy statement in all their opinions. This is a great momentum guys! I recommend u guys listen to the attorney for the state side portion, he was being fried by several justices on his stance!

    • Registry Rage

      They can no longer hang their hat on the “public safety” and “frightening and high” argument. At this point they will continue to throw that tired and weak argument against the wall to see how much longer it will stick. All the judges know it’s unconstitutional, but they have to play along with the shenanigans of the DAs offices nationwide in their misguided crusade to circle the wagon around these laws that protect no one.

    • AJ

      Yes, very heartening how fast and clearly judges have gotten that message from Packingham. I think “troubling fact” is the new catch phrase, replacing “frightening and high.” Or at least I hope so!

  2. Harry

    I am very active in church and have visited many churches in my region. 1) Churches are primarily for Adults. 2) Children attendees are little to none in most churches. 3) The greater danger for sex abuse are from the certified and cleared staff.

  3. Lake County

    Registered Citizens could just join the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They do not ban anyone and they do not offer any special children’s services, teaching or babysitting. Children must attend the same services as their parents no matter their age. Yes, it’s very boring for the kids (and adults).

  4. AJ

    Not only does it violate RFRA, it violates the First Amendment–which grants a freedom of religious *expression*, not just thoughts. Barring someone from a religious facility (or an atheists’ meeting) is unconstitutional, RFRA aside.

  5. SO4life

    Based on the oral arguments on both sides, and the justices skeptical to accept state cited cases and stance, I am of the opinion that this is an easy win for the Doe.

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