This is an actual law still on the books in my home state of Massachusetts. You can go to http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/272-36.htm
PART IV. CRIMES, PUNISHMENTS AND PROCEEDINGSIN CRIMINAL CASES
TITLE I. CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
CHAPTER 272. CRIMES AGAINST CHASTITY, MORALITY, DECENCY AND GOOD ORDER
Chapter 272: Section 36. Blasphemy
Section 36. Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.
Are you fucking kidding me? No one should be forced to go to church or to do any kind of religious activity. In fact forcing someone to take part in any kind of religious activity is unconstitutional, even if the person would have done it anyway. Yes, he’s on probation for 10 years, but is that really enough? I somewhat agree that just because one kid lost their life doesn’t mean another kid’s life should also be ruined. However he was drinking and driving and did cause someone to die, was that punishment really enough? Will he really learn from this punishment? I acknowledge that there is no good solution here though. It really depends on the this kid. In situations like this it is a huge wake up call for some kids and they change and other just continue on the same path they were on before.
Another way to look at it is to bring the drug war into it. This kid caused someone else to die and he is basically just getting probation. How many thousands of 17 year olds have gotten arrested just for possession? Many of them have gotten jail time. However you feel about drugs, does it make sense that someone could get jail time for possession, whichever drug it may be, but if they are drinking and cause someone to die they just get probation?
(Source: The Huffington Post)