California to Non-Theistic Parolee: Enter a Religious Drug Treatment Program or Go To Jail

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California to Non-Theistic Parolee: Enter a Religious Drug Treatment Program or Go To Jail

Post by Didge on Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:37 pm

After his arrest last month on charges of drug possession, Taylor Bast was told by his parole officer that he had to take part in a substance abuse program or he could end up in jail. The only problem was that the three programs offered to him were all religious, and Bast is a non-theistic Buddhist. He rightly says the state is coercing him to participate in a faith-based program or he’ll be punished, even though secular substance abuse programs are readily available. He also has to “provide formal documentation proving his Buddhist and philosophical convictions” — something you can bet no Christian ever has to do.


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Is this not illegal?
Some US law knowledge would be helpful here, as am unsure

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