The nation’s largest atheist legal organization has filed a complaint against Judge Tammy Kemp for giving a Bible to ex-police officer Amber Guyger to read in prison, which they say was an act of “inappropriately proselytizing.”
In footage that has gone viral, Kemp, who presided over Amber Guyger’s murder trial, gave the ex-officer a Bible she kept with her at the courthouse and used every day. Kemp opened the Bible and told Guyger: “You can have mine. I have three or four more at home. This is your job for the next month. Right here. John 3:16.”
“And this is where you start,” Kemp said, reading the verse: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.'”
“He has a purpose for you,” she continued. “This will strengthen you. You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith. You start with this.”
“It’s not because I’m good. It’s because I believe in Christ. I’m not so good. You haven’t done as much as you think you have, and you can be forgiven. You did something bad in one moment in time. What you do now matters,” she told Guyger.
On Thursday, the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a formal complaint against Kemp, arguing that the judge had abused her power.
“We, too, believe our criminal justice system needs more compassion from judges and prosecutors. But here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. And there can be few relationships more coercive than a sentencing judge in a criminal trial and a citizen accused and convicted of a crime,” the complaint reads.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter