Originally published in The Christian Post
No, this is not satire. An Ohio judge decided that a Catholic man had to pay his debt to society in the most ecclesiastical way possible — by attending worship at a Baptist church.
Judge William Mallory of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati sentenced 23-year-old Jake Strotman to attend worship at a Baptist church for 12 consecutive Sundays.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mallory sentenced Strotman to this peculiar sentence due to his offence stemming from a fight with some Baptist street preachers.
“Strotman would be sentenced to attend 12 consecutive Sunday services at Morning Star Baptist Church. He was ordered to attend each entire 90-minute service, and is required to get the weekly program signed by the minister,” reported the Enquirer.
“That’s 18 hours of solid Baptist teaching. He also paid $480 (R7 500) in court fines and a $2 800 (R44 000) lawyer bill.”
Strotman appears to be accepting of the sentence, preferring it over jail time. So maybe it is not a fate worse than death after all.