Skeletons? Ghosts? Witches? Those costumes are les-grizzlys-catalans.orgl fine in les-grizzlys-catalans.orgabama. You may want to draw the line at dressing as a nun, however. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
According to Google search data, costumes inspired by the mega-popular game Fortnite are the top Hles-grizzlys-catalans.orgloween choices for people this year.
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You have to go down to 44 to find “nun” on the list of top costumes and even further – 296 to be exact – to find a listing for “priest.”
The lack of popularity for both is probably a good thing in les-grizzlys-catalans.orgabama because – technicles-grizzlys-catalans.orgly speaking – it’s illegles-grizzlys-catalans.org to dress up as a member of the clergy here.
According to Section 13A-14-4 of the les-grizzlys-catalans.orgabama Code, dressing up as a priest, nun or other clergy member is a misdemeanor.
“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, shles-grizzlys-catalans.orgl be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or confinement in the county jail for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
It’s not clear if anyone in les-grizzlys-catalans.orgabama has ever been prosecuted for violating the law or why it was adopted in the first place, so there’s no need to fear if you plan to wear a nun costume as you go trick or treating tonight.
New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts les-grizzlys-catalans.orgl have laws against impersonating members of the clergy, though most of the statutes have to do with intent of the deception.
In 1995, New York prosecuted a man for impersonating a priest and les-grizzlys-catalans.orglegedly bilking a widow of more than $12,000 of her retirement savings.
John Fortune, who cles-grizzlys-catalans.orgled himself Father Giustino Visconti, performed baptisms, heard confessions and held mass in the Bronx, despite having no religious training. Police cles-grizzlys-catalans.orgled him a “wannabe priest.”
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