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Re: [humanism-174] My day in Jury Duty - from Sheri

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:31 AM

Yep, Sheri, there was a pretty good spike in our website visits yesterday! 115 new visits, whereas the average daily looks to be around 25 new visits. I guess it's a good time for the judge or whomever to be poking around, there is a lot of sciency stuff on the schedule and art & politics in the recent past meetups. They'll think we're actual intellectuals (lol).

On Feb 24,[masked]:35 PM, "sheri presloid" <[address removed]> wrote:
Ohhhh..I don't even know how to begin.  I wish I could have written this as it happened, no...I wish I could have a video recording of what happened today.  I am going to try and make it short and sweet.

There were 12 people in the jury seats.  Me and 21 others as perspective jurors in the overflow.  The third juror was a "brother".  Didn't know what that meant.  He looked like a priest, but I guess he is Jesuit and that makes him a brother in the rankings.

The 12th juror was this 39 year old man with five kids ranging in age from 6 - 4 - 3 - 2 and 1.  Super religious and the family goes three times a week to church.

I am the 13th person (first in the overflow).  Judge Strickland Stafford (I think I got that right) asked questions from every one of us.  One of them was if we belong to any organizations or groups.  I mentioned CFT.  I had to repeat it three times to her even though I said it slowly.  She never heard of it.  She asked me what Cleveland Free-Thinkers were.  I started lightly.  I said it was a secular/humanist group.  She proceeded to ask me what that meant.  So, I gave in and mentioned it involves atheists and other like minded people who pay attention to keeping state and religion separate and that it goes beyond atheism and it delves into all that is "free thinking" including evolution, science, universe, etc.  Again; keeping it short and sweet. I did mention we help with charity stuff too but not affiliated with churches, etc...

She asked me if we dealt with judicial stuff.  I said we are not an organization like FFRF.  I had to explain that.  I mentioned Sharia Law and the stoning of women and I mentioned how that couple last week FINALLY got prison time for killing BOTH of their children because they decided to pray instead of getting medical intervention.  So, it was basically just that...

Well, me, being the 13th, there were 21 more people to interview.  The lady next to me mentioned her church and bible classes.  Everyone except two people talked about their "organization" affiliation and they mentioned church!  You would think I brought HELL into this courtroom!  No shit, I could not make up this story if I tried.  This woman (three jurors down from me) said she used to be an atheist but she went to GOD to get a husband.  I am not kidding you.  This is the best part:  Judge Stafford asked if god gave her a husband.  She said, "Yes, your honor, he did, but he was not the right one."  The judge said, "Did you send him back?"  The courtroom busted out laughing.  The juror said, "No.  We are separated, but that was god's will and he will guide me to the correct husband".

This is not a "story".  This happened today.  I have jury duty all week.  I don't think I will get on this case, but if I do I will let you know what happens.

So, this freaky juror (same one who god sent the wrong hubby to her) says she is part of IDMR:  It is a metaphysical bullshit stuff.  She said the founder "rid himself of his flesh" in the 70's.  The judge asked, "What happened to the rest of him!?!?!  What does that mean?!?!??!?!"  She replied, "He died".  The judge asked if this religion was a form of Christianity.  The juror said that they were "sons".  The judge asked if it was S-U-N or S-O-N.  The juror replied "SON", but they were sons of the Sun.  

I swear; there are fucked up people in this world.  Oh, and they live in Cleveland.

We finally get done and this woman, Cheryl (she goes by my name; sheri - not written the same) and we are by the elevators.  She comes up to me and says, "I just want to tell you that I think you are so brave to say you are an Atheist".  She continues to say that she thinks she is one too.  We both rode the Red Line in from the rapid and we talked all the way to her stop.  She and I really clicked.

She is really nice.  Oh, FYI - I mentioned that CFT has a website and FB page in the courtroom.  The judge, prosecutors and defense attorney were scribbling away.

Mark - I don't know if you can see traffic, but let me know if you see anything! ha

So, that was my first day in jury duty!  Yay me!  I am going to bet I won't get on the case.  The people looked at me like I was nuts, but not as nutty as the meta chick.


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