Louisiana Christmas not so jolly for parents on the registry

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    • #61310 Reply
      Sandy Rozek
      Sandy Rozek

      Originally published November 13, 2012, at houmatoday.com By Sandy . . . Sex offenders are a topic guaranteed to push the limits of any discussion. Th
      [See the full post at: Louisiana Christmas not so jolly for parents on the registry]

    • #61315 Reply
      Nena Eschete

      I live in Louisiana, and yes, it’s ridiculous. I am so sick and tired of the continuous prejudice and umbrella status on All sex offenders. I do so pray one day, people will care enough to really look into many of these convictions and understand the horror that is put upon not only the offender, but their families. To understand the true fear that these men and women go through when basically forced to admission to avoid spending years in prison. To understand and care about another human being.

    • #61332 Reply

      Restrictions on observance of Christmas should be an issue easy to win since this is CLEARLY AND UNDENIABLY A CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY. This gets into all sorts of 1st Amendment issues. If NARSOL is willing to challenge Halloween restrictions, then there should be no problem with NARSOL jumping on this infringement of 1ST AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF RELIGION violation. Surely we can’t sit by and let this sort of abuse go unanswered. I can’t fathom the prejudice, hatred, cruelty, and sheer spite behind denying a family the RIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

    • #61334 Reply

      My community supervision officer told me straight-up they DON’T EVEN TRY TO MESS WITH CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT IS A CLEAR-CUT CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY. This is a winnable issue. You can win it on the Constitutional merits alone, however, it would take a hard-boiled federal judge beyond imagination to say it’s rational or OK to punish the children of registrants by denying them Christmas like every other child. Repeating myself, why hasn’t NARSOL been all over this one in court? This is as clear-cut a First Amendment violation as are the Halloween signs.

    • #61336 Reply

      Sandy, this law needs to be challenged in court NOT BY THE REGISTRANTS, BUT BY THEIR KIDS. There needs to be a class action suit on behalf of the registrants’ children and spouses that speaks to being punished by the state without having ever committed any sort of a crime. Can’t put up a tree? Can’t give gifts to their own kids? That’s an over-reach that should have been challenged in 2012 when this article was printed.

    • #62394 Reply
      C Stanley

      As a registered sex offender in Texas, I can tell you from experience that since I was paroled last October I have been subjected to endless bias and rejection from potential employers. I am honest and disclose up front my status as a “LOW risk offender” and the facial expressions, chats, texts, Google Hangouts, etc are all so icy, cold, indifferent and hateful once I disclose this, that you would think I had the plague and was about to infect the person interviewing me. Frankly, I blame the media for promoting this insidious hatred without concern for what it is doing to families – and not just the families of sex offenders. They market sensationalism in order to obtain viewers and listeners at the expense of thousands who are disenfranchised due to these stigmas and are apparently powerless to do anything about it. I am not current on what is being done legally to rectify this deplorable situation, perhaps I should be but in Texas discrimination, bigotry, hatred, and ignorance most certainly prevails with the Texas Legislature based on their actions not my opinion. I just seems to me that we live in a country that feels as though we must constantly hate or otherwise try to retard the opportunities of others. We have a documented track record of this; first it was the native Indians, then it was the Blacks, then it was the Italians, then it was Women, then it was the Gays and Lesbians, then it was the “Terrorists”, now its any one accused (much less found actually guilty) of a sex crime regardless of the documented facts of the case. As an American this shames us as a nation much more than the constant drama and bickering heaped upon us from Washington politicians. If this situation doesn’t upset and bother you as an American, then what have we got to be proud of ? It certainly cannot be our demonstrated behaviors based on perceived fears as we tout to the world that we are the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”. As my personal friends in Asia, Europe and South America have enlightened me recently with; Really ?
      God save us all from each other and this continual childish hatred so many of us perpetuate.

    • #62397 Reply

      I’m sure many understand how you all feel and it a shame at any holiday or reason for the season. Sure law enforcement want to focus on defending justice but who’s justice are they really defending. Maybe one should ask that question. A lot of this registry ordeal reminds me of a book revirw most read in school and reporting on when growing upp called Dante’s Inferno but it is no devine comedy.

      Law enforcement are actually playing a Samson and delilah game in this round about way and this is all man made construction devied by Government Heartache’s are bad enough without going thru all this fussing and wondering who’s right in this game of injustice over mankind and humanity.

      Sure I pled guilty and yes I didn’t have any representation due to lack of understanding in more of this issue that is oppressing many all over the USA and yes fear was a reason. I couldn’t really conceive all the harassing steps but I could hear a voice of hope. To be honest I don’t think they really wanted to lock me up.

      I have even ask my PO where does it say about using the word as a malice and to this day he has never told me. Using liberty as a cloak of malice to to do evil or cover up. That mean’s everybody whether Judge or sheriff or those in high places. Sure we all should keep writing letters till someone takes notice about all these ordeals. Whether that police officer or whether that detective tells you he is a Christian or not he should know about the principal of malice..

      Shaming and embarrassment come in many forms. So everyone don’t be embarrassed to speak out for truth. I’m sure everyone on NARSOL feels your anger as this would upset many and expecially those ones’ that should take notice in making these laws.

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