I attended an interfaith group meeting in Casa Grande today. 250 people there ... about 1/3 of them were clergy from various denominations. The UMC was very well represented with five Bishops out of the 10 present including our own Bishop Carcano. Pastor Kelly, Dan Sagramoso and I represented PVUMC. It was a meeting primarily to make a statement. People of different faith traditions coming together with a united voice saying the way we treat people is wrong. Shackling people for non-violent crimes. Shackling non-violent women who are nine months pregnant is repugnant. This case actually happened this past Oct-Dec in our Maricopa County jail. The woman who this happened to appeared before us to tell her story. The amazing thing is this treatment is "legal". We have laws that allow law enforcement to shackle non-violent pregnant woman ... walk them to a police van in shackles one day after a cesarean section barefoot and in the cold. I was not proud to be an American when I heard her story.