Religious Freedom Under Threat?

Member Discrimination, Freedom of Religion, Social Justice, The Monastery

The First Amendment guarantees that all Americans have religious freedoms by law. They are free to practice and free to abstain from religion. The United States was founded on principles of freedom of expression and originated as a melting pot of different religious beliefs, races, and cultures. Religiously persecuted Europeans sought to escape punishment for their beliefs and practices that …

Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Member Discrimination, Freedom of Religion, Social Justice, ULC

During the early 1980’s, the Seattle establishment, including the police and a group called Parents in Arms, targeted The Monastery for closure based on bigotry and prejudice. Statements and affidavits submitted in support of efforts to close The Monastery often commented on racial mixing, and the presence of homosexuals. This bigotry resulted in blatantly illegal harassment such as a September …

Going After the Wrong People

Member Discrimination, Social Justice

In the early 1970s the Seattle Police were dealing with some serious threats to the community. There were robbers, vandals, criminals assaulting innocent civilians, and worse, happening daily in the city. Luckily, the SPD had their priorities straight; the police knew the true threat to the city came from criminals and degenerates who are drinking alcohol at The Monastery, located …