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Published on Mar 29, 2009
A single woman living alone discovers a live animal sacrifice going on twenty feet from her back door in her neighbor's tiny city backyard. When she complains, her neighbor begins to threaten and intimidate her until she is forced to sell her home. Rather than put a stop to it, the authorities all take a step back because the sacrifices are being done as part of a religious ritual.
This is the first part of a documentary series that uses interviews, re-creations and actual footage to present this incident but also to explore the influence of religion on the daily operations of an American city.
Freedom From Religion asks the questions:
- When does one person's freedom begin to take away another person's freedom?
- What are the rights of a practitioner of a minority religion...and what are the responsibilities?
- Would we be better off WITHOUT religion?
If you have experience with Santeria, or have a story about religion to tell, please contact me and you might become part of future Freedom From Religion webisodes!