There can be no other interpretation here -- on Good Friday, when Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the US Constitution was crucified in Michigan.
A judge late today sent two Florida pastors to jail for refusing to post a $1 bond.
The stunning development came after a Dearborn jury sided with prosecutors, ruling that Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp would breach the peace if they rallied at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
Prosecutors asked Judge Mark Somers for $45,000 bond. Somers then set
bond at $1 each for the two pastors.
According to the Wayne County prosecutor's office, both Jones and Sapp are prohibited by the court from going to the mosque or adjacent property for three years.
They refused to pay. And Somers ordered them remanded to jail.
The crime? Asserting the right to picket or demonstrate on a public sidewalk -- because the authorities fear that the targets of the protest might become violent. In other words, the fear of Islamic terrorism has led an American court to jail American Christians for daring to assert their rights under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
Eugene Volokh has an excellent piece at his website that explains why the entire notion that Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp can be required to post this bond is, in and of itself, offensive to the First Amendment and a violation of relevant Supreme Court precedents. He also offers this analysis of what may happen next.