Self-professed atheist and humanist James Lindon Fights Court-Ordered Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment

CLEVELAND (CN) – An Ohio atheist convicted of drug charges claims in court that a state judge and treatment providers forced him to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous, which he says is rooted in monotheistic spirituality.

Self-professed atheist and humanist James Lindon filed his pro se lawsuit Monday in Cleveland federal court against Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold, Cuyahonga County departments and officials, and a treatment center and program.

In 2016, Lindon was convicted of drug possession and theft for stealing five hydrocodone pills from an outpatient clinic where he was working as a pharmacist.  He was also convicted of tampering with evidence after swallowing four of the five stolen pills when confronted by plainclothes security guards, according to court records.

Judge Strickland Saffold of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas sentenced Lindon to 30 days in an in-patient substance abuse program and two years of probation.

However, to successfully complete his treatment and probation, Lindon claims he has also been required to participate in an Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, which he says is entirely dependent on belief in a single God or “higher power.”

“Compelling any person to attend de facto religious services as a part of mandatory substance abuse treatment program is a predictable and systemic violation of constitutional law,” his lawsuit states.

According to the complaint, Lindon was told that failure to attend and participate in the 12-step program would result in incarceration or other detrimental consequences.

When Lindon objected to the religious elements of the program and said he did not believe in a higher power, the treatment center staff allegedly refused to adjust his treatment plan and instead instructed him to read a chapter of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book entitled “We Agnostics.”

The chapter asserts that alcoholism is an illness that only a “spiritual experience” will conquer and claims that recovery from alcoholism requires belief in a “power greater than ourselves,” according to the lawsuit.

Lindon disagrees.

“Substance abuse counseling can be successfully provided without resorting to religious superstition, appeals to the supernatural, and interference in plaintiff’s sincerely held beliefs concerning religion, Christianity, humanism and atheism,” the complaint states.

He claims his requests for secular alternatives to the faith-based 12-step program have fallen on deaf ears and he has been forced to continue participating in religious services or risking facing punishment. Read full story …

 

Atheist Fights Court-Ordered Alcoholics Anonymous Treatment

REHAB Mogul Chris Bathum Found Guilty of Rape charges and Sexual misconduct.

I was in Court yesterday in DTLA for the verdicts of tens of counts against Chris Bathum.

Next is the Civil trial regarding $175 Million in Health Insurance fraud .

Next Court Date is April 17th for sentencing . We hope.

Rehab Center Owner Convicted of
Sexually Assaulting Female Patients
The founder of a Los Angeles drug and alcohol treatment facility was convicted today of sexually assaulting seven women, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury deliberated for about a day before finding 56-year-old Christopher Bathum guilty of 31 counts, including forcible rape, sexual penetration by foreign object, forcible oral copulation and sexual exploitation.

A sentencing setting hearing is scheduled for April 17 in Department 105 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of about 65 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

The founder of a Los Angeles drug and alcohol treatment facility was convicted today of sexually assaulting seven women, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury deliberated for about a day before finding 56-year-old Christopher Bathum guilty of 31 counts, including forcible rape, sexual penetration by foreign object, forcible oral copulation and sexual exploitation.

A sentencing setting hearing is scheduled for April 17 in Department 105 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of about 65 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

Bathum owned and operated Community Recovery of Los Angeles and other entities in Southern California and Colorado.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Bathum preyed upon female patients between 2014 and 2016 by providing them with drugs as they battled to overcome their addiction. He then sexually assaulted them while they were under the influence, the prosecutor said.

The victims’ ages range from their 20s to their early 30s. Several of the assaults happened at the facilities that he ran.

Case BA451669 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

NOTE: It was reported t me that Chris Bathum said he was in Recovery, which in many cases means he was in AA- Still not verified this — meaning people knew him from AA – took them to AA meetings in VANS – how was AA involved with him.  I am going to the Civil trial and sentencing so I will learn the answer to this question.

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#TIMESUP #METOO # Sexual Harassment in AA Alcoholics Anonymous will our voices be heard?

After many months of exposing so many men and institutions with Horrific and some criminal Rape like with Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey we are wondering if we who have been sexually harassed ( 13 Stepped ) some raped – will be heard in Mainstream Media and Newspapers.

This must Happen.

AA Alcoholics Anonymous must  be outed the same way, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Louis C K, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and  many more have been.