Do you remember the story of Michael Salman, who was fined $12,000 for hosting Bible studies in his Arizona house? Here is an update on his status since then. Just how bad was his offense? Very bad, evidently.
This is a cautionary tale about how bad things can get when men are left to their own whims to construct laws of their own making, without restraint:
Under the blazing Arizona sun stands an encampment of military tents filled with some 2,000 people. They battle the heat by positioning themselves in front of a few large fans, but they are of little use when temperatures reach 145 degrees. Stun fences surround the perimeter, with four Sky Watch Towers bearing down on the occupants. Facial recognition software and K-9 units keep track of the people moving about, longing for their freedom.
For the residents of Tent City Jail, their time behind bars is an exercise in humiliation: they are forced to dress in pink underwear, they “work seven days a week, are fed only twice a day, get no coffee, no cigarettes, no salt, pepper or ketchup and no organized recreation.” They work on chain gangs, and have to pay ten bucks every time they want to see a nurse. This draconian treatment is not reserved for hardened criminals. In fact, most inmates in Tent City are imprisoned for less than a year for minor crimes, or are simply awaiting trial.
It is in this Guantanamo-like facility, surrounded by hardened criminals and subjected to all manners of degradation and hardship that Michael Salman – who was fined more than $12,000 and sentenced to 60 days in jail starting on July 9, 2012, for the so-called “crime” of holding a weekly Bible study in his Phoenix home, allegedly in violation of the city’s building codes – is incarcerated. [Emphasis added]
You can read more about the connection between bureaucracy and bullies by clicking here. This is the rule of humanistic man, unrestrained in their increasingly depraved behavior because they have turned away from the Lord. These are the people we have elected to represent us before God and all men.
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