But itâ€™s the â€˜separation of church and stateâ€™ issue that is raising many eyebrows. Law professor Gary Allison of the University of Tulsa, told KTUL that it â€œspeaks to maybe forcing people to do religious activities that they would otherwise not do [of] their own free will. I don't know why a church would want to have someone come to it under the force of government.â€ But according to Alredâ€™s attorney, he already goes to church every Sunday. â€œThat isnâ€™t going to be a problem for him,â€ he explained.
KOKH reports that Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore believes, not only that the sentence is unconstitutional, but that it sends the wrong message, stating, â€œOther young people watching this could be saying, â€˜Hey look. He didnâ€™t get in trouble. He has to go to church and heâ€™s on probation. No big deal.â€™â€