FFRF challenges judge’s bizarre ruling
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint against a judge who ordered a man to marry his girlfriend and write out a Bible verse 25 a day.
Judge Randall Rogers’ bizarre order was directed at 21-year-old Josten Bundy, pictured above with 19-year-old Elizabeth Jaynes.
On July 2, Rogers gave Bundy 30 days to marry Jaynes 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.
The probation terms also required Bundy to write out a Bible verse 25 times a day: “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it.” — Proverbs 26:27).
We figured he’d get probation but were surprised about the other conditions, especially the marriage.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said on Friday that it had filed the complaint against the Smith County Court-at-Law judge a day earlier with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct in Austin.
Jaynes said she told her parents about what happened in court and her father was very angry. He told them they didn’t have to go through with it but they did, getting married at City Hall on July 20.
Elizabeth’s father, Kenneth Jaynes said:
I was really upset. Judge Rogers stepped into my family and tried to tell them what to do without any regard for me or anything. This isn’t his decision.
I told them they didn’t have to do this, but they were afraid. They are young and they didn’t know that they had any other options.