Don't mess with monks who sell coffins
A Benedictine abbey's battle against a Louisiana statute restricting such sales to funeral directors could reach the Supreme Court.
The Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after federal district and appeals courts struck down a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may sell coffins in Louisiana. The nonprofit group Institute for Justice, which represents Benedictine monks who want to sell coffins from their abbey just outside of New Orleans, says bring it on.
The funeral directors' attorneys have argued that the restrictions on casket sales are legitimate and so common "that it may be practically impossible to avoid it."
That's exactly the wrong thing to say when your nonprofit opponents are a self-described "merry band of libertarian litigators."
"That's just an amazing statement -- to say that courts should not interfere in the slightest, even if the apparatus of government is used -- and this is the important point -- solely to enrich private special interests at the expense of other competitors and consumers," the Institute for Justice's Scott Bullock told The Associated Press.
While the institute sees this as a great opportunity to argue economic protections in the highest court in the land, the topic hasn't piqued the court's interest in the past.
The Supreme Court accepts only about 100 to 150 of the more than 7,000 cases it is asked to consider each year. The justices already refused in 2005 to consider a similar lawsuit won by Oklahoma's funeral directors. Judges cannot undo economic restrictions passed by state legislatures because those laws have a stated purpose of protecting consumers, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in that case.
In 2002, however, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a similar Tennessee law, saying the state licensing requirements were a barrier to other retailers.
Sell all the coffins they want. This is a joke. Actually have laws restricting coffin sale to licensed funeral homes? BS. Nothing more than a money grab and a group using laws unfairly to their advantage. They are just mad that the monks probably make equal or better quality coffins and selling for less money than the screwing they are giving the families of the recently deceased.
There is nothing illegal or wrong to let anyone sell a coffin and this law restricting sale needs to be put in its own coffin and buried. Build wise no different than any other heavy well built piece of furniture. Maybe only mattress stores should sell beds? Only car dealers sell tires? Only stores that sell lamps can sell lightbulbs? See how stupid this sounds. Again more nonsense from a lobby group unfairly trying to have laws written in its favor and idiot bureaucrats that are more than eager to forego commonsense as long as you grease their palms a little.
I hope the monks win and this nonsense law is struck down.
I think its time
Really? Try to buy a cable package from somebody other than your local supplier.
How about electricity? Got competing power companies where you live?
The laws in our country are a F---ing Joke!
Except for our Immigration laws - they are comedy central ... on meth.
Once the soul flies free of the body it turns to dust, so why waste a bunch money on a coffin. A totally unneeded expense for your family when cremation can often be done for less than $550 (edit). Donate the money you would have spent on a coffin to a children's fund or someone truly in need, that will give you a reward in your next life, wasting it on a fancy piece of wood that will be buried in the ground will not.
If you’re worried about it's possible spiritual use you can rest assured it will not be needed... I’m simply passing on the facts which were kindly given for all of our betterment. The bodies function is completed at death.
This is so typical of what has become of the legal system in this nation, the golden rule, i.e..
'He who has the gold makes the rules'! Our bureaucratic government, has so mired itself in a self serving, self perpetuating, quagmire of cronyism that it cannot even govern. Laws for the good of the people, for the good of the country, are no longer! Its time for a complete change, vote them ALL out, impose term limits on all elected offices, limit bureau employment and payroll limits subject to vote by the people. This is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people,not the plutocracy it has become.
To get around it the "selling part" just advertize that for your donation of xx dollars to the Monk's you get a thank you coffin of your choice.
I side with free enterprise. Other than protecting funeral homes' often greatly inflated profits, what public interest does it serve to restrict the sale of coffins. I say open it up to all. We do it for cars.
I look forward to the day when I can drive past a Bob's Used Coffin dealership.
What ever happened to free to trade.
And where did the concept of a closed shop come from?
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