Wait a second! That title sounds contradictory since the Bill of Rights in the US Constituion allows for the freedom of religion. However, that is no longer the case as international treaties made over the years by the US government trumps its own Constitution. (Article VI)
In this press release from International Christian Concern (ICC), it talks about an Arizona pastor who is currently serving a 60-day sentence for holding a Bible study in his own home because it violated international zoning laws.
You don't see the Tea Party fighting for the Constitution in regards to this issue because they are clueless and hypocritical. They claim to uphold the Constitution by talking about less taxes and less regulations, when the Constitution clearly states that the sole purpose of the legislative branch is to levy taxes and to regulate commerce (Article I, section 8). However, in this case of the Constitution being violated, members of the Tea Party do nothing. For that reason, I think that the Tea Party stinks.
If you really want to help fight for religious freedom worldwide instead of remaining in the delusion of the Tea Party, then check out ICC's website.International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Pastor Michael Salman of Phoenix, Arizona, is currently serving his 60-day sentence for holding a home Bible study in Tent City Jail, a prison compound in Maricopa County, Arizona, equated by Michael Salman’s attorney as similar to the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention camp. “This is where you would put Osama bin Laden, not Michael Salman,” said Rutherford Institute founder and attorney John Whitehead in an interview yesterday with ICC. “The temperature there has been around 140 degrees, and there is no air conditioning. They’re [living] in tents. They have stun fences…barbed wire…large German shepherds walking the perimeter, armed guards and facial recognition software so that the prisoners are studied all the time.” Mr. Whitehead also added that Pastor Salman has reported being imprisoned with “really hardened criminals” and that they were unsure why the pastor had been specifically sent to Tent City. In late June, the jail was the focus of thousands of protestors who gathered outside the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office to express their disapproval of the allegedly prison camp-like conditions. Mr. Whitehead went on to say that the same zoning laws used in Arizona to imprison Michael Salman for holding home Bible studies will probably be passed across the United States. He says that the laws, which were written by the International Code Council, are very specific about controlling religious groups. “If you have a small gathering in your home for any kind of religious meeting, you’re going to be harassed by the government to somehow square with the zoning regulations for a formal institution,” said Mr. Whitehead. “We’re getting people who now are getting phone calls from zoning agents because they have five or six people meeting in their home.” The Rutherford Institute is petitioning the Arizona Supreme Court to intervene in Pastor Salman’s case, challenging his imprisonment as a violation of the First Amendment of the United States, which guarantees freedom of religion.