I missed the beginning of your last meeting, but an invocation was delivered, though Jesus was not named. Still, it was addressed to the Father, and Jesus told us that we should talk to our Father in private. I will continue to teach you about the views of Jesus regarding the law and its enforcement.
A theme runs through the first three gospels that Jesus regarded the Pharisees as parasites and hypocrites, ignoring the greatest law while enforcing the least taboo, sucking money and goods out of the people by being a terror to good works but not to evil. Specifically, they ignored the First Commandment-to have no other gods before the Lord, to not bow down and give tribute to foreign gods and their puppet king-in cooperating with the Romans. The Romans enforced their laws against murder and theft and ran civil courts, so the priests used violations of the Sabbath and their numerous hygiene taboos and mandates to fill their coffers and their bellies, since all sacrifices for violating Jewish laws were food for priests.
Thus Jesus delighted in doing good works on the Sabbath and didn’t let unwashed hands stop him from eating. He beat the moneychangers out of the Temple because they made it convenient for Israelites to exchange idolatrous foreign coins for legal shekels with which to buy their sacrifices. And when the Pharisees asked him if it was legal to pay taxes to Caesar, he asked the Pharisees whose image was on the tribute money. It was Caesar: a graven image of a foreign god-king, a coin no good Jew should even have in his purse. He said that they should give Caesar back what was his: his money and his troops. Israel belonged to God.
We have supreme laws of the land in our federal and state constitutions, telling us what our governments are allowed to do, and that which they are not. First among the things that they are not allowed to do on all levels of government is to establish religion, yet this Council insists on establishing its religion at every meeting with your prayer.
Right behind religion in the constitutions is that speech shall not be abridged, yet this City arrested me for free speech and petitioning in its Public Market, contrary to law. And many other such things they do with your sign code, harassing honest merchants and sucking appeal fees out of them with illegal and unreasonable codes, while legal ordinances against nuisances like weeds and litter, that truly deface our community, are not well-enforced.