I’m a religious freedom supporter. This idiot damages the cause of religion and free speech. To review, you do not have a constitutional right to bring burning things to a protest. If it’s not safe, you may be asked to extinguish your smudge.
USA – A video of a protester outside of last week’s Western Conservative Summit in Denver being detained by police is getting a lot of attention on social media.
The woman claims police violated her religious freedom.
Josie Valadez Fraire said she joined a group of protesters rallying against Donald Trump last Friday. Because of an environment she described as hostile, Fraire says she decided to start a ceremony called smudging.
Smudging is a ceremony practiced by indigenous people and used to “cleanse” an area using a bundle of burning herbs.
Fraire says she identifies as Xicana and smudging is a part of her spritual beliefs as well as something she practices daily.
She says she had been performing the ceremony at the Western Conservative Summit for more than an hour when police told her to stop what she was doing.
“The immediate thing that I heard and the order that I heard was to put out my fire to put out my burning sage. But folks that are familiar with smudging know there’s no active fire,” she said. [Folks who are familiar with fire understand this does not matter. — Dave]
Josie admits that she told officers that she wouldn’t put out her smudge stick. But she says that during the process of explaining why, they handcuffed her. She was issued a citation for ”Disobedience of a Lawful Order”.
From yesterday’s news:
DENVER — Sizzling conditions across Colorado combined with dry days are triggering fears of grass fires.
South Metro Fire Rescue has put out a dozen grass fires this week. Many have been sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks igniting the dry, brittle grass. But as Colorado enters a stretch of dry, hot days, there is potential for more fires.