Religious FreedomPosted by on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
The United States was founded on the idea of religious freedom. While this does not mean that the United States is a “Christian nation,” it does mean that Christianity, as well as other religions, should be able to be practiced freely within the borders of the nation.
For refresher’s sake, let me quote from the First Amendment to the US Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Of course, free exercise of religion has never been absolute. For instance, if your religion requires human sacrifice, this would be seen as murder and not allowed. There are other, less egregious examples, but you get the idea. If the action of the religious participants is peaceful and doesn’t otherwise break laws or infringe on other people’s rights, it should be allowed.
So, what if the “laws” that the religious participants are breaking aren’t legitimate? I document the passage and enforcement of many of these kinds of laws on a regular basis.
What if the “law” that is being broken is a zoning ordinance? What if the zoning ordinance forbids a person from holding religious study on their own property?
A man in Phoenix was jailed for 60 days and fined $12,000 for doing just that — holding a Bible study on his own property. He is actually staying in a tent jail because of overcrowding. I wonder why the jail in his county would be overcrowded?
Salman is currently serving his 60-day jail term in the Tent City Jail in Maricopa County. The Tents Jail, begun in 1993 as a response to jail overcrowding, houses inmates outdoors in military tents with four Sky Watch Towers for security, stun fences around the perimeter, facial recognition computer software for inmate identification, and K-9 units and patrol deputies for additional security.
As per usual, the reason this came to the attention of the so-called authorities in the first place is because of some neighbors who complained. If you know someone like this, please direct them to subscribe to my blog. They might eventually get the idea that it’s not a good idea to call the police about every little thing because there is no way to be in compliance with all of the laws of this nation anymore.
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