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Monks Fight to Sell Caskets in Louisiana
Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/30/12

Posted on 05/30/2012 10:22:37 AM PDT by AtlasStalled

A group of monks making some extra cash by building caskets doesn’t sound like a bad idea. * * * The problem is that the state of Louisiana prohibits anyone but licensed funeral directors from selling “funeral merchandise” and issued a cease-and-desist order to the monks with the possibility of thousands in fines and even a potential criminal prosecution.

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1 posted on 05/30/2012 10:22:45 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

Funeral directors have clout (they donate to politicians).

Monks don’t.


2 posted on 05/30/2012 10:31:29 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: CondorFlight

“Funeral directors suck(they donate to politicians and rip off grieving families).
Monks don’t.”
There, I fixed it for you!
Expensive caskets are the most ridiculous thing on the planet. (next to naming a star for your kid)


3 posted on 05/30/2012 10:41:43 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: AtlasStalled

That’ll be the death of THAT business.


4 posted on 05/30/2012 10:49:16 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: 9422WMR
There are a lot of health codes written in that mandate a nice expensive casket.

When my father in law died, I had a very interesting talk with the undertaker about it. She agreed, the price of caskets is a scam. But with life insurance, it is often a “hidden” cost.

5 posted on 05/30/2012 11:02:45 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: AtlasStalled
The Institute for Justice[Great .org] has been helping out the monks in their quest for economic liberty.


6 posted on 05/30/2012 11:10:55 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: AtlasStalled

Now religious Monks can’t sell wooden boxes without the blessing of the state? Enough already!


7 posted on 05/30/2012 11:14:12 AM PDT by Never on my watch (I'd rather light a candle than curse the flatulence.)
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To: AtlasStalled
When my father-in-law passed away I was asked to help in the selection of a casket. The funeral director was not the most honest and had the first casket you saw being the cheapest most shoddy built wooden box you could imagine and with a price tag of $1200. The next in line was a nearly $10,000 bronze casket. Fortunately the family selected a more reasonably priced item, but the experience left me cold. If you are planning to be buried what better way than in a hand crafted casket made by monks at a price far less than a funeral director's mark up.

However, I have decided to give my body to the local medical school to save the needless expense of a casket and embalming as well as have my old carcase serve a better purpose than to be pickled and potted.

8 posted on 05/30/2012 11:14:57 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: The Great RJ
However, I have decided to give my body to the local medical school

A friend of my mother did that. When the med school was done with the body they called her family to come pick it up. Seriously, do your research to find out what happens when they're done with you.

9 posted on 05/30/2012 11:21:03 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: The Great RJ
However, I have decided to give my body to the local medical school

A friend of my mother did that. When the med school was done with the body they called her family to come pick it up. Seriously, do your research to find out what happens when they're done with you.

10 posted on 05/30/2012 11:34:25 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker
A friend of my mother did that. When the med school was done with the body they called her family to come pick it up. Seriously, do your research to find out what happens when they're done with you.

I looked into this myself, when I was getting close to going in for heart surgery. I was surprised to learn the same thing. Your family may not receive any bills related to it, but it's also possible that they might, if the donation recipient can find no need or use for some of you. No guarantees.
11 posted on 05/30/2012 11:42:11 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: AtlasStalled

Call it “living merchandise” since it’s the family who feel the need for caskets rather than the deceased.


12 posted on 05/30/2012 11:55:48 AM PDT by bgill
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To: AtlasStalled
Louisiana heavily regulates the licensing of various professions...you need a florist's license here, for crying out loud...

...but it is all about the revenue. When they instituted the Redflex (an private Arizona company) redlight cameras and "speed vans" here, a lot of private investigators in the sate raised objections because, by the state's own definition, Redflex was engaging in private investigations without a license. IIRC, Redflex received some kind of waiver so they could continue to assess traffic violation fees until they were able to meet the PI licensing requirements.

13 posted on 05/30/2012 12:04:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: crosshairs

Monks didn’t pay off the right people. Sounds like a few politicians need some excommunication down thar. Money is powerful and speak loudly in that part of America—but God can speak louder as well.


14 posted on 05/30/2012 12:16:58 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Lurker

“”However, I have decided to give my body to the local medical school”
“A friend of my mother did that. When the med school was done with the body they called her family to come pick it up. Seriously, do your research to find out what happens when they’re done with you.””

Tennessee residents can donate their remains to “The Body Farm” where scientific forensic reasearch on decomposition is done. It’s an excellent cause. They request your medical/dental info in advance (for forensic purposes) and if you live close enough they will pick up and transport your remains.
Google “The Body Farm” for more info.


15 posted on 05/30/2012 1:10:17 PM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: CondorFlight; AtlasStalled

The monks are alright ... There is a federal law that mandates that consumers cannot be forced to buy caskets and other items from a funeral home , they can buy from any vendor and the funeral home must accept and use the casket.. this is to stop the abusive pricing games played ... WalMart sells caskets http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=casket&ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_constraint=0


16 posted on 05/30/2012 2:12:32 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: AtlasStalled

Louisiana opens up yet another front on the current War on Religion.


17 posted on 05/30/2012 2:20:23 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

The monks need a lawyer ,, see reply #16 regarding Federal regulations ... http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/rulemaking/funeral/


18 posted on 05/30/2012 2:24:02 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Lurker

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.


19 posted on 05/30/2012 6:41:07 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: CondorFlight
Funeral directors have clout (they donate to politicians). Monks don’t.

I think those at St. Joseph's Abbey DO.

I'm glad the District Court found for the Monks!

20 posted on 05/30/2012 8:28:21 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: bgill
Call it a 'hope chest' and hope you don't need it any time soon...

IIRC, in the '80s there were people using caskets for coffee tables and other furniture uses, figuring they'd get some mileage out of the pretty box before they had to use it for more conventional purposes.

21 posted on 05/31/2012 12:14:08 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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