"Demonic in nature."

A Michigan appellate court in Howard v. Family Independence Agency has ruled that a state agency did not violate a social worker's First Amendment rights when it fired her for trying to perform an exorcism instead of calling 911 after a client had a seizure. While visiting a client, the client had a seizure, which Michelle Howard, a religious woman, decided was "demonic in nature." She prayed over the client and anointed her with water. The court ruled that she "was not terminated for merely praying at the office," but for violating agency rules.
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6 Responses:

  1. If you're a religious wacko, remember: 911 takes a while. You've got time to call an ambulance, then perform your exorcism.

    Also, the paramedics might do some good, as opposed to your superstitious incantations.

  2. xed_geek says:

    Did the guy die, if so I would call that negligent homicide. What is with these people?

  3. phoenixredux says:

    I especially like #1.

    For the record, if anyone wants to talk about paying $1 million to have a menage a trois with me, I promise I won't sue.

    • satyap says:

      I'll talk about it, but I won't....

      Oh, the talking part also includes the money, you're not paying to talk about it? Never mind.

  4. drjon says:

    I think I'd rather have demonic possession than this social worker on my case...