Convicted felon awarded 'religion' decision

Monday, October 12, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Lady of JusticeThe founder of Liberty Counsel says a prisoner obviously has made good use of idle time by pressing for recognition of his bigoted beliefs.

A federal judge in Colorado ruled late last month that a self-described white-supremacist group called the "Creativity Movement" can qualify as a "religion," which could mean recognition by the IRS as a religious organization.

OneNewsNow talked with Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, who says on the one hand it's hard for the IRS to say what does and what does not qualify as a religion.

"On the other hand, at some point in time there's an end point here where absurdity becomes reality – and that's in fact what you've got here," the attorney explains. "You've got this organization that's now trying to pretend that it's a religion and being now recognized as one when we all know it's not. This is just an organization that has nothing to do with religion."

The lawsuit, which was filed by a prison inmate, characterizes the Creativity Movement has having a single secular goal: the "achievement of white racial immortality." Staver says the inmate obviously has too much idle time on his hands.

Staver

"... It seems as though this is just plain idleness of this prisoner who has invented a new kind of way to keep himself busy while he's in prison," he shares. "It certainly doesn't have any longevity. And for this to reach this kind of level of recognition is just absolutely absurd."

Matthew Hale, the inmate, uses the title of "reverend." Because of the court ruling, his "religion" can be practiced in prison. Hale, 44, is currently serving a 40-year sentence in Florence, Colorado, for soliciting the murder of a federal judge in Chicago.

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