Aussie Woman Jailed Over Belief In 'God-Given Right To Drive'

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Losalini Rainima (not pictured), a Fiji-born woman living in Australia, is part of an organization called Unified Peoples' Movement Against Road Tolls (UPMART), which believes all laws should be biblically based; those which are not don't have to be obeyed. Rainima was arrested for driving without a license in 2007, normally a offense punished by parole, and has been in jail for the last 10 months as she's refused to sign any manner of plea for parole. You see, signing anything admitting guilt would be validating Australia's secular law, thus conflicting with her God-given right to go forth and drive. Normally, whenever writing on a subject even tangentially related to religion, it pays to pick your words carefully, but this lady is crazy as hell. Even though the Bible extols the virtues of doing unto others as you'd have done to yourself, along with the latest in donkey saddlery, we seriously doubt Isaac and Jeremiah ever got tied up in rush hour traffic on the 405. There are a scarce few letters from Mark to the Corinthian Department of Transportation. Miss Rainima, though your sentence ends next month, and you certainly hold some very fervent beliefs, it may be time to reconsider how you choose your battles. [Drive] Back story on image and credit NWBotanicals

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Rob Emslie

She originally founded the Australian Sedan Society Hating Auto Tolls but somehow nobody wanted to be an A.S.S.H.A.T. member