This past August, when Ellen Bogan was pulled over by Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton for supposedly passing another car illegally (which she denies), she was expecting him to ask her for her license and registration… but she wasn’t expecting questions like these:
By Hemant Mehta—Friendly Atheist
Did she have a home church?
Did she accept Jesus Christ as her savior?
“It’s completely out of line and it just — it took me back,” Bogan, 60, told The Indianapolis Star.
… [he later] handed her a church pamphlet that asks the reader “to acknowledge that she is a sinner.”
Hamilton gave her a warning ticket before asking these questions, but given the situation and the blaring sounds and flashing lights, Bogan didn’t feel that she could just drive away. I don’t blame her. Hell, if I were in her shoes, I probably would’ve just lied, said I accepted Jesus, and hoped that’s what the cop wanted to hear.
Bogan and the ACLU are now filing a lawsuit against Hamilton for overstepping his bounds: