Oppression & Need for Bill of Rights. Oppression is oldest story of mankind ... man’s inhumanity to man. There are many causes such as tyranny by all powerful dictators and mobs seeking to get or maintain power or things of value or ethnic strife.
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KATSINA, Nigeria (2003) - Islamic court sentenced to death AminaLawal by stoning for accusation she committed adultery, the first woman to be stoned to death since adopting strict Islamic law, or Shariah, in 1999. AminaLawal in March 2003 with her daughter Wasila.
Saudi Arabia (2007), a teen girl was kidnapped & gang raped by 7 guys and she was convicted for “violating the book of God & the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad,” due to her meeting with an unmarried man when they both were kidnapped. She was sentenced to 90 lashes but when she appealed her sentence was increased to 6 months in prison and 200 lashes from a leather whip. The guys were sentenced from 2 to 9 years in prison for the charge of kidnapping only. The judge said if it was in his power he would sentence her to death.
Saudi Arabia (2008) the Supreme Court ruled permissible to kill leaders of TV stations who broadcast “immoralities” which is vague and subject to interpretation by those who object.
Freedom of Religion?
When violate criminal & civil law, can churches/ministers be convicted & punished? Yes.
Televangelists Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Bishop Long, Creflo Dollar all accused of flaunting wealth & enriching selves with million dollar salaries, mansions with $23,000 toilet, Rolls Royce cars, private jets, for profit businesses, obscenely costly designer clothes, jewelry & grooming and cosmetic surgery, cash gifts, $24,000/night hotel rooms, and lavish world vacations at expense of donors & gov’t grants. Jim Baker embezzled millions – convicted felon. Imagine how many hungry could be fed.
Many have religious beliefs that center on fake faith healing, anti-gov’t beliefs, paranoia, abuse, and even criminal activity, like at the Jones’ People’s Temple or Berg’s Family International Church (Children of God), or snake handlers.
Dave McKay’s “Jesus Christians’ cult or the kidney cult due to giving up body parts. Charges of kidnapping & leather whipping members after trials of members & outsiders, wife swapping & dumpster diving.
Should these types be given special tax exempt status to enrich selves at expense of others? Congress has right to give special status to a church/religion and can take it away and courts can punish for any violation of man made law.