A fellow Reddit user kindly cautioned him that in Alabama,
It is illegal to dress as a member of the clergy for halloween.
Which can’t possibly be true. Or can it?
I give you Section 13A-14-4 of Alabama’s criminal code:
Fraudulently pretending to be clergyman.
Whoever, being in a public place, fraudulently pretends by garb or outward array to be a minister of any religion, or nun, priest, rabbi or other member of the clergy, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00 or confinement in the county jail for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Acts 1965, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 273, p. 381; Code 1975, §13-4-99.)
Note that the law doesn’t include the all-important phrase “with intent to deceive.” I hope that doesn’t matter; that even in the Christianist heart of Dixie, no law enforcement officer would be crazy enough to go after people who dress up as clergy for Halloween.
But if a cop or a prosecutor wanted to, they could.
I couldn’t find where the Alabama law says that it’s also illegal to dress up as a stripper, scientist, soldier, or firefighter. Evidently, members of the clergy are special.
P.S. The officers had better bring a big paddy wagon, as MattONesti’s classmates decided to put on a sister act:
Take that, coppers.