Episcopalian Dung-Flinging Sect Will be Targeted Next


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.

Artist’s rendition of a typical indigenous “smudging” event, usually in protest of things they don’t like.  Donald Trump, for instance.

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: 

 Fire danger is back in metro Denver along with hot, dry weather.

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.

 

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4 thoughts on “Episcopalian Dung-Flinging Sect Will be Targeted Next

  1. gmhowell

    I suppose an incense burner like used inside many Christian churches would be expecting too much?

    On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Dave Alexander & Company with David Edgren and Gus Bailey – The Artisan Craft Blog wrote:

    > Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) posted: “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 ” >

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  2. Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) Post author

    Indigenous religions are exempt from this. No Christian themes are allowed in mainstream drama, but if a character goes on a vision quest, complete with spirit guides and ancient shamans…well that’s fine. Praying to Jesus=bad. Offering prayers to the Mother Earth=Good.

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