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What happened to religious freedom in America

Posted to Poetry and Politics

When they won't even let you host a good old-fashioned book burning anymore?

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A church's plan for an old-fashioned book-burning has been thwarted by city and county fire codes.

Preachers and congregations throughout American history have built bonfires and tossed in books and other materials they believed offended God. The Rev. Scott Breedlove, pastor of The Jesus Church, wanted to rekindle that tradition in a July 28 ceremony where books, CDs, videos and clothing would have been thrown into the flames.


``I joked with the guy that St. Paul never had to worry about fire codes,'' Breedlove said.

The new plan calls for members of the church to throw materials into garbage cans and then light candles to symbolically ``burn'' the material.