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    Sunday, July 16, 2006

    Thank You Jesus goes too far



    Thank You Jesus!

    I admit that I cringe sometimes when I hear these words. Usually uttered by
    people who must constantly mutter "Amen" and "I just want to thank you Jesus",
    etc.

    "The Lord put this on my heart" is a close 2nd.

    So I know how the judge felt. Still, you can't just send these folks to jail!
    Or can you?

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    Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, "Thank you, Jesus!" in court last month when he was acquitted by a jury of abusing his son.

    But his joy was short-lived when Circuit Judge Patrick Border held him in contempt of court for the "outburst" and threw him in jail.

    Stowers couldn't be reached for comment. But his attorney in the contempt case, Deputy Public Defender Susan Arnett, said he wasn't treated fairly.


    "I don't think there's anything about saying 'Thank you, Jesus' that rises to the level of contemptuous behavior in this case," she told The Honolulu Advertiser.


    Stowers is a devoutly religious man active in his church who spontaneously expressed his thanks to the higher power in which he believed, she said.


    Family members and Stowers' pastor at Assembly of God Church, Iakopo Sale, who watched from the gallery were "very upset that those words could land somebody in jail," Arnett said.

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