Marry or go to jail

Associated Press (here)

Texas Judge Orders Man To Marry His Girlfriend

A group that advocates the separation of church and state has filed a complaint about a Texas judge who ordered a man to marry his girlfriend as a condition of probation.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation said Friday it filed the complaint against Smith County Court-at-Law Judge Randall Rogers a day earlier with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct in Austin.

On July 2, Rogers gave 21-year-old Josten Bundy 30 days to marry 19-year-old Elizabeth James or face 15 days in jail for pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault. Bundy admitted punching Jaynes’ ex-boyfriend twice in the jaw for “saying disrespectful things” about her. Rogers also ordered Bundy to scrawl a Bible verse 25 times daily.

Rogers didn’t return a message seeking comment. Bundy and James have since married.

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Tears are a gift from God

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Academician, Serbian writer and psychiatrist Vladeta Jerotic once at a talk:

…I’ve been to Mt. Athos many times. And so I see someone at a Greek monastery. He seemed sad, this elder. Since I was being led by Fr. Mitrophan I tell him to ask the elder why he is sad. The elder replied: “For two years now I haven’t been crying. God has abandoned me, tears are a gift from God.”