Sometimes you just have to shake your head and cry, as I did this morning after reading comments coming from David Hoyle on a story in the N&O about sex-offenders.
Nichols, 31, had served six years in prison for indecent liberties with a teenage girl and attempted second-degree rape. He was released last September and started attending Moncure Baptist Church. He met with the pastor, disclosed his crimes and often sat in the front row for worship.
But after the Chatham Sheriff's Office investigated an alleged sexual assault by another person in the church parking lot in March, Nichols was arrested because he was attending the church, which has a child-care facility on its premises.
And what does the family-values man who sponsored the law have to say about all this?
"As far as I'm concerned, they've lost all their rights -- to go to church, to go to McDonald's to get a cheeseburger if they've got the slides," said state Sen. David Hoyle, the Gastonia Democrat who sponsored the law. "They have made that choice. They have imposed that on themselves. I didn't."
It's hard to say whether Hoyle is an idiot or an asshole or both, but I'm leaning toward the latter. He also seems to be dangerously confused about who writes and passes laws here in North Carolina.
I hope the ACLU gets involved in challenging this law, and perhaps even Bob Orr might want to consider doing something important for a change. If this isn't a fundamental constitutional issue, I don't know what is.
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