Captain Price ordered my isolation for 5 days.
I feel like I am being punished for practicing my religion: I AM a follower of the greatest prophet, Jesus Christ. Therefore, I practice fasting according to His teachings:
- Matthew 6:16-17 opens the discussion of fasting.
- Matthew 9:15 instructs the disciples to fast when they are no longer in the presence of Jesus.
- Matthew 17:21 says that prayer and fasting will cast out evil.
- Acts 13:2-3 describes fasting in the early church.
- 1 Corinthians 7:5 teaches to give yourself to fasting and prayer.
- 2 Corinthians 11:27 speaks of Paul’s spiritual discipline to fast.
I also follow the Wisdom of Moses, King David, and the prophet Daniel who practiced fasting according to the Holy Bible. I also follow the Knowledge of the Prophet Muhammad, whom God instructed to eat Syrian Rue in the teachings of the Quran – eating Syrian Rue forces a person to adhere to the dietary laws of Moses: No pork or shellfish and very little wine or yeast leavening, for example.
I burn sacred incense like frankincense and shittim wood, or acacia, as prescribed by Moses in Leviticus 2:15-16 and Exodus 25:5-6: Acacia was used to make the most sacred part of the Tabernacle, The Ark of the Covenant, which holds seven lamps and the Altar of Incense.
I also use the knowledge of the ancient shamans who make a sacred drink from acacia and Syrian Rue called Ayahuasca. Additionally I use the knowledge of the Wise Men of the East, the Magi, who drink Golden Milk made from turmeric and black pepper. Furthermore, I use the sacred Yopo seed, from the Yopo Tree, which is native to Israel. The now-extinct natives of the Caribbean Islands, the Taino, grew Yopo Trees in their ceremonial sites in Puerto Rico.
As a US Citizen, the US Constitution guarantees my religious freedom and protects me from persecution because of my religion. By punishing me for fasting, the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office is violating my Constitutionally protected rights. I will fast until I cannot stand.