So I was driving home today, and I passed a church. Not hard to do in a big ass city like Jacksonville. The very large crowd leaving the church in their smog producing automobiles wasn't what caught my eye. What grabbed my attention was the Jacksonville City police officer intentionally blocking oncoming traffic so that the church-leavers could be ushered onto the road with no trouble.
As I was sitting in the long line of on-coming-traffickers I couldn't help but ask myself if this situation was permissible or not. After all the police officer is an employee of the state/city government whose salary is paid for by my tax dollars, and here he is blocking my way home, making my trip take more time, giving preference to a religious event, while he is on duty. I can only assume he was on duty, cuz he was in uniform and the lights from his vehicle were flashing red and blue making his presence known.
Am I looking too much into this? Or is there something that I can shake a stick at? Or sneeze at? Or any other applicable metaphoric action?
Is there something that says that the church itself could finance the stationing of the police officer? Like, as long as the money does not come from the city, but from a private fund, the officer can do as he pleases?
Either way, fuck the church for blocking traffic like they did and always do.