Dancing in the Streets

Member Discrimination, Freedom of Religion, The Monastery

You can still find it. That old-world animal spirit synonymous with Pagan harvest festivities and ancient Aztec rituals. You can find it in Mardi Gras and Carnival: individuals opening up and becoming part of the masses, losing themselves in a new dimension only to, hours later, realize that they have been transported to the other side. Now, however, they are …

The Long, Legal Fight for Justice in King County

Member Social Justice, The Monastery

In 1982, King County and the Washington Department of Revenue (WDOR) sought to assess personal property taxes against The Monastery, arguing that The Monastery was not a legitimate church. George Freeman and The Monastery fought back and appealed this tax assessment to the State Board of Tax Appeals, which ruled The Monastery was entitled to a partial exemption. Mr. Freeman …

Demonizing the Innocent

Member Freedom of Religion, The Monastery

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