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New Jersey Muslims Appeal Ruling on NYPD Surveillance

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Contact:
Fatima Khan, (617) 216-7089, media@muslimadvocates.org
Jen Nessel, (212) 614-6449, jnessel@ccrjustice.org

Plaintiffs challenge federal court’s decision allowing blanket spying

March 21, 2014, New York – Today, a group of New Jersey Muslims represented by Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed a federal district court’s dismissal of Hassan, et al v. City of New York, which challenges the discriminatory New York Police Department (NYPD) spying program that targets innocent American Muslims because of their faith.  Last month, Judge William Martini ruled, in a summary, 10-page opinion and without oral argument, that any harm the plaintiffs suffered was not the result of NYPD surveillance of the American Muslim community, but of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting by the Associated Press revealing the secret practice.  Judge Martini also dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of discrimination as implausible because, in his words, the “[NYPD] could not have monitored New Jersey for Muslim terrorist activities without monitoring the Muslim community itself.”

“Today, we take this important legal fight against police discrimination to the next round,” said Glenn Katon, Legal Director of Muslim Advocates.  “Just as many historic civil rights cases have required appeal from lower court rulings to address systemic discrimination, we are not surprised that the Hassan case needs to push through to the higher courts.  These brave American Muslims are determined and ready to stand up for their rights and every American’s right to equal treatment, regardless of faith.”

Hassan v. City of New York is the first lawsuit challenging the NYPD spying program, initially filed by Muslim Advocates and later joined by CCR, and represents a broad group of American Muslims from a variety of backgrounds – including a decorated Iraq war soldier and the former principal of a grade school for Muslim girls – who have been subjected to invasive spying.  Since 2002, the NYPD has spied on at least 20 mosques, 14 restaurants, 11 retail stores, two grade schools, and two Muslim Student Associations on college campuses in New Jersey.  This monitoring has included video surveillance, photographing, and community mapping.  Moreover, internal documents, including a list of 28 “ancestries of interest,” reveal that the NYPD used racial and ethnic backgrounds as proxies to identify and target adherents of the Muslim faith.  Not a single lead has come out of the extensive spying program.

“The district court’s ruling gives legal sanction to targeted, religious discrimination by law enforcement without limitation,” said Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Baher Azmy.  “The decision suggests that 9/11 justifies an exemption for Muslims in our Constitution.  That ruling cannot stand.”

Ravinder S. Bhalla of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC serves as local counsel for Hassan v. City of New York.  For more information on the case, visit www.muslimadvocates.org/endspying and http://www.ccrjustice.org/hassan.

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization working on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. Through high impact lawsuits, policy advocacy, and community education, Muslim Advocates serves as a resource to empower communities and ensures that the American Muslim community is heard by the courts and leaders at the highest level of government.  Visit Muslim Advocates at www.muslimadvocates.org and follow @muslimadvocates.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. Visit www.ccrjustice.org and follow @theCCR. 



  • tk-atty

    This is a good thing, because no matter what you say you know that all these terrorist attacks are by Muslim extremists. If you came here for freedom, fine, but don’t try to change our Country into an Islamic State. We are a free people and have no desire for Sharia Law being any part of Society. It is dangerous and teaches only hate and murder of all infidels, which is pretty much everyone, except Muslims or are Islamic, and even then the shites and zunnis hate each other. Your faith allows for no other beliefs, and you suppress your own women and young girls. You all need to know Jesus. Jesus is Lord, and he loves us all, because we are all sinners, saved by grace. Jesus died and paid the penalty for all of our sins. He never taught hate but love for everyone. I would ask you to read the Bible, you need Jesus to be saved and get to heaven. Not to murder a bunch of innocent people by strapping bombs to you, and then thinking you’re going to get 70 virgins when you die. You are only going to end up in hell.

    • first of all extremest is different than a regular religion there are catholic extremests too i seem mormon ones beating the day lights out of a 5 year old who wouldnt stop crying for her mom! stop blaming a religion for crazy people and start giving crazy people mental help JESUS IS NOT LORD, JESUS IS JESUS read the bible Jesus states “I AM THE SON OF MAN” not the son of god stop rewriting things to suit your needs my kids died for freedom of religion as Marines, i am native american are you? if not you also if you can not deal with other people perhaps you should leave MY country too

      • tk-atty

        Yes, Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, that was the only way he could take on the sins of the entire world, and pay OUR sin debts. Jesus is Lord of Lord and King of Kings, he is God. I am not full blooded native American, but I have quite a bit of Cherokee in me. The fact of the matter is, there may be extremes in any religion, but my relationship with Christ is not religion, it is a personal relationship. He died for my sins and I am saved by his grace. The only religion that I am aware of that forces conversions and cuts your head off if you don’t convert, and in most cases cut your head off even if you don’t convert is ISLAM. They are the only group who comes to our Country and does not want to become a part of our Nation. Why? because they do not coexist with anyone, it is there way or the off with the head.. I am not afraid to stand my beliefs up against anybody’s else’s, because I know the truth that Jesus is Lord! Compare them all, everyone else’s God is laying in their graves, not mine. I serve a risen Savior he’s in the world today eternal hallelulah to Jesus Christ the Kiing! I don’t want my children or grandchildren being indoctrinated with ISLAMIC false beliefs, where you murder those who disagree with you and if you kill someone in the name of your God you get 70 virgins, how ridiculous, they worship and glorify death. We can’t even say JESUS in public, much less the schools, if he isn’t God, what’s the big fear. The truth is people want to live in sin, and not to acknowledge the true God, but they will follow every teaching of the devil straight to hell, that is why ISLAM is ok with them, it is Satanic and straight from the pits of hell.

        • oh good lord grow up stop blaming religion for stupidity already fact is fact PEOPLE kill people not religion I HAVE YET TO SEE A BOOK KILL SOMEONE unless some stupid person throws it, that’s like saying the video game made my son kill his friend for playing with it, keep pointing fingers you make yourself look so bright.

        • do you really believe that nonsense that comes out of your mouth? did you even stop and study religion? JESUS IS THE SON OF MAN READ THE BIBLE IT SAYS SO I WOULD KNOW I WAS BORN ROMAN CATHOLIC WENT TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL!!!!!!!!! GOD IS NOT JESUS GOD IS GOD! AND WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE ANYONE YOU ARE NOT GOD! QUIT WITH YOUR STUPID HATE AND DON’T COMMENT ON MY COMMENTS I DON’T ACCEPT HATERS IN MY LIFE LIKE YOU. I DON’T WANT MY KIDS IN A RELIGION LIKE YOURS THAT DISTORTS THE TRUTH AND PROMOTES HATE OF OTHERS HOW YOU WORSHIP A MAN WHO WAS KILLED AND PUT ON A CROSS WHEN YOU WERE TOLD NOT TO HAVE ANY IDOLS NOW SHEW AND LEARN HISTORY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH GAVE VLAD TEMPEST RIGHTS TO GO KILL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVEN HIS OWN FOR THE SAKE OF CHRISTIANITY WHEN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH REFUSED HIM TO DO SUCH THING THOUSANDS OF YEARS STUPIDITY AND I AM BETTER THAN YOU IN RELIGION HAS CAUSED FATAL WARS AND YOU WITH YOUR PITS OF HELL NONSENSE AND SATAN NONSENSE ARE NO BETTER THAN THE STUPID IDIOTS TAKING ISLAM AS A KILLING SPREE BE GONE WITH YOU REPENT FOR YOUR JUDGING AND LIES AND NEVER COMMENT ON MY STUFF AGAIN UNLIKE EVERYONE ELSE I CANT STAND HATERS WHO DON’T EVEN TAKE TIME TO DO RESEARCH ON RELIGIONS AND SIT IN AMERICA WHERE THE MILITARY HAS MUSLIMS IN IT THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE THE HOME OF THE BRAVE IT DOESN’T SAY WHO I CHOOSE ON THE STATUE THAT WAS GIVEN AS A GIFT TO US BY FRANCE BECAUSE IF IT DID NO ONE WOULD BE HERE BUT THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE! ALWAYS WAR OVER RELIGION YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF PART CHEROKEE AND YOUR HATE SPREADS LIKE WILD FIRE SHAME ON YOU! LEARN WHAT RELIGION IS AND GO BACK TO YOUR ROOTS INSTEAD OF SITTING MATTHEW 7 YOU HIPICRATE HOW CAN YOU TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR BROTHERS EYE WHEN YOU HAVE A LOG IN YOUR OWN!!!!!!!!!!

          • tk-atty

            Jesus was and is the Son of God. He is part of the Trinity.God, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is my Lord and Saviour as he is to any born again Christian. We get to Heaven not through works but through the grace of God. If you are Catholic, you are following a false religion. No where in the Bible does it say to pray to Mary, or to a man, the pope to talk to God. You pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ, his son and our Lord. You can also talk to Jesus. Jesus is our intercessor, not a human man.

          • check your bible again he says he is the Son of man he was born to Mary and Joseph he was NOT born to GOD, GOD DOES NOT HAVE A WIFE OR A SON! GOD IS MY GOD I DO NOT WORSHIP IDOLS I AM NOT A BORN AGAIN I WAS BORN PERIOD AS A CATHOLIC YOU ARE PRAYING TO JESUS SHOW ME WHERE IT SAYS I HAVE TO PRAY TO JESUS INSTEAD OF GOD? WHERE? JESUS IS THE SON OF MAN MAN MAN LEARN IT LIVE IT LOVE IT HE WAS BORN TO HUMANS NOT TO GOD OF HUMANS BY HUMANS AND YOU WORSHIP HIM LIKE HE IS GOD AND HE IS NOT!!! I PRAY TO GOD IN THE NAME OF GOD NOT THROUGH ANYONE JESUS IS JESUS THE SON OF MAN NOT OF GOD, GOD HAS NO KIDS NOT EVEN YOU OR ME SO NOW SHOW ME WHERE IT SAYS IN THE BIBLE WERE GODS KIDS AND I WANT THE ORIGINAL BIBLE BEFORE KING JAMES WHO WENT TO ROME AND BURNED THE LIBRARY AND CONQUORED ROME CAN’T COME UP WITH IT? HERES WHY IT WAS BURNED AND NOT EVEN THE POPE HAS IT, SO GO AHEAD MAKE FALSE STATEMENTS NOT KNOWING WHO I AM OR WHAT I WORSHIP BUT I TELL YOU WHAT I WORSHIP GOD NOT JESUS NOT MARY NOT JOSEPH! GOD I DONT GO THROUGH PEOPLE TO GO I GO TO GOD! TRY IT SOMETIME I DONT TALK TO JESUS OR ANGELS OR SPEW HATE LIKE YOU LIKE TO EITHER SO JUDGE LEAST YOU BE JUDGED! AND SHEW GO PLAY WITH YOUR FRIEND THERE WITH HIS HATE TOO. JESUS DIED ON A CROSS HE WAS HUMAN!!!!!!

          • no he was born of a woman he is the son of man not god, god has no children learn to read

          • tk-atty

            I will judge anyone who is Islamic, as they believe in murder and hate and slaughter people everyday. God is my Judge not you. Muslims who are not Islamic are fine otherwise, they are wicked murderers straight from the pits of hell, and unless they repent and ask Jesus to become their Savior they are lost.. I pray for them everyday, I don’t want to see anyone go to hell.

          • So do you and no they don’t if they did you and i would BOTH BE DEAD and you judged i putty you are you stupid? Islam is a religion just like your backwards religion of thinking Jesus was not a man yet died on a cross, pray for your stupidity and hate your not helping anyone Muslims were here way before you were even a thought, Muhammad Ali the prized boxer, Malcom X and lets not forget MLK! Feel stupid yet? you should not only have you made yourself look like an idiot juding those people you think because there not you that they should follow your religion your not better than the wackos saying there Muslims. You need to carefully choose your words remember priests molested children, and thousands of people die in the name of Jesus and God. knock it off your not a kid anymore! enough with the stupidity and i have you know i know people in ever religion every damn one, jewish people, catholic orthodox, and orthodox christian as well as pentacostals born again’s and Muslim and ever damn time i see hate its from a christian why is that you to damn afraid of nothing! stop living in fear and spewing nonsense because the only one who will go to hell is the one who spreads fear and hate RELIGION IS TO TEACH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE NOT HATE IF YOU CANT TEACH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE THEN GO AWAY!

          • HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE!

          • You will what? say it again hate breeds terrorists terrorists are in every religion hence your thinking they should all ask jesus by your standards who are you GOD? really? wrong i go to God just as them Jesus, Muhammad, Buddah, all taught one thing there religion is LOVE people like you are the ones who take things to extremes you say i cant judge you yet you judge people hipicrate! you will sit down and be quiet you are WRONG GOD JUDGES NOT YOU, BLASPHEMER YOU ARE NOT GOD!

          • Matthew 7:2
            1″Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2″For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3″Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

            Isaiah 33:1
            Woe
            to you, destroyer, you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you,
            betrayer, you who have not been betrayed! When you stop destroying, you
            will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed.

            Jeremiah 34:17
            “Therefore
            this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed me; you have not
            proclaimed freedom to your own people. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ for
            you, declares the LORD–‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague and
            famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.

            Matthew 6:14
            For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

            Mark 4:24
            “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more.

            Luke 6:38
            Give,
            and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken
            together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the
            measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

          • Luke 6:37
            “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

            James 3:17
            But
            the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then
            peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit,
            impartial and sincere.

          • so do catholics they have killed people for billions of years learn your religion

          • tk-atty

            Are you truly a Catholic. It does not sound like that you have ever read a Bible, or are you Muslim? The Bible clearly says that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin birth. He lived a sinless life, and died on the Cross to pay for the sins of all people, and rose again on Easter Sunday. He remained on Earth after his resurrection and was witnessed by many people, until he ascended up to Heaven to set at the right hand of his Father. He is coming again soon. Jesus himself said “no one comes to the Father but by me,” and if you have seen me you have seen the Father. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one. If you do not believe that Jesus is the son of God, then you are an apostate, which we see many in our days. Those professing they know God and righteousness but are deceived by the devil. Please read the Bible for yourself.

          • NO the bible states “i am the son of man” look it up and i never believed in the trinity nonsense i was born roman catholic and i stand up for anyone who does not hurt others, you need to read the bible also jesus had brothers, ask yourself this if you know the bible so well how did all the jews your brothers and sisters get here? and yes were all related you would know that IF YOU READ THE BIBLE, duh everyone knows Jesus is coming and no i dont worship idols none Jesus died on the cross for our sins period, and as far as a virgin birth look you and i both know the birds and the bee’s ok? religion is what? based on fact or a belief? did you see it can you see it no, can you see god no did you see jesus no, did the Muslims see Muhammad no, did the jewish people see abraham? or moses no it’s faith you have faith in your religion just like Muslims do think about this, have you ever in your life heard someone say Asalaam Alaikum to anyone? those are Muslims they have been here for a long long time and havent hurt a soul there was a woman who was born here and because she converted was kicked off a porch and beaten on 9-11 and she was born here so its ok for people to hurt others who are american or anyone? who the heck died and left you all boss on who is better than the other? NO ONE God and Jesus promote love not self centered man made bull like you all spew day in and day on on who has the most toys and who is better WE ALL WORSHIP THE SAME PERSON we will all get to heaven one way or another by worship or good deeds who are you to say what is write and what is wrong AND I WOULD READ THE BIBLE IF IT WAS THE ORIGINAL AGAIN! i am not reading something a man called king james re wrote after be burned the library in rome and re wrote it JUST LIKE ALL WOMAN ARE PORTRAYED AND GARBAGE RIGHT? do you believe that? mary magdoline had sex with how many and Jesus said to leave her alone did he not? Vengence is MINE SAID THE LORD not yours SELFRIGHTEOUSNESS IS A SIN! same as being vain! thou shall have no other gods besides me thou shall not kill! words kill too not just actions enough hate go away you make me sick go to GOD and repent for your hate towards your brothers and sisters for thinking your so much better than everyone else YOU ARE NOT WITHOUT SIN YOU AND NOT THROW A STONE!

          • tk-atty

            I do not consider anything I read in the Bible to be nonsense. I believe it is the literal word of God. Jesus was born of a virgin. There is several references in the new testament to the virgin birth. One is where the angel Gabriel was sent to Mary telling her of her becoming the mother of Jesus, and the angel telling Joseph not to be afraid to take her as his wife. Read Luke 1 and 2., and each of the new testament books regarding Jesus’ birth. Luke 1:23 ” BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRIGN FORTH A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL, WHICH BEING INTERPRETED IS, ” GOD WITH US.” Matthew 3:17 “AND LO A VOICE, FROM HEAVEN SAYING “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.” This was stated after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.. Matthew 10:32, 33″ WHOSOEVER THERFORE SHALL CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN, HIM WILL I CONFESS ALSO BEFORE MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.””BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL DENY ME BEFORE MEN, HIM WILL I ALSO DENY BEORE MY FATHER IN HEAVEN.” JESUS
            MATTHEW 16:15 HE (BEING JESUS) SAITH UNTO THEN,”BUT WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM?”AND SIMON PETER ANSWERED AND SAID “THOU ART THE SON OF GOD.” 17 AND JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, (17)” BLESSED ART THOU, SIMON SON OF BAR-JONA; FOR FLESH AND BLOOD HAS NOT REVEALED IT UNTO THEE,BUT,MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN, AND I SAY ALSO UNTO THEE, THAT THOU ART PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.”

          • JESUS TOOK DOWN THE FIRST CHURCH FOR TAKING MONEY FROM THE POOR!!!!!!!!!!! AND WHERE IS THE CATHOLIC VEIL TOO HU? Corinthians 11:5-6, which says that “any woman who prays or prophesies
            with her head unveiled disgraces her head … she should wear a veil.” A mantilla is a lace or silk veil or shawl worn over the head and shoulders, often over a high comb called a peineta, popular with women in Spain. It is now particularly associated as a pious religious practice among women in the Roman Catholic Church New International Version
            How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?

            New Living Translation
            How
            can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of
            that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own
            eye?

            English Standard Version
            Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?

            New American Standard Bible
            “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?

            King James Bible
            Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

            Holman Christian Standard Bible
            Or how can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye?

            International Standard Version
            Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when the beam is in your own eye?

            NET Bible
            Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own?

            Aramaic Bible in Plain English
            Or how do you say to your brother, ‘Let me cast out the chip from your eye’, and behold, a plank is in your eye?

            GOD’S WORD® Translation
            How can you say to another believer, ‘Let me take the piece of sawdust out of your eye,’ when you have a beam in your own eye?

            Jubilee Bible 2000
            Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

            King James 2000 Bible
            Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull the speck out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye?

            American King James Version
            Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye?

            American Standard Version
            Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye?

            Douay-Rheims Bible
            Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye?

            Darby Bible Translation
            Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Allow [me], I will cast out the mote from thine eye; and behold, the beam is in thine eye?

            English Revised Version
            Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye?

            Webster’s Bible Translation
            Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thy eye; and behold, a beam is in thy own eye?

            Weymouth New Testament
            Or how say to your brother, ‘Allow me to take the splinter out of your eye,’ while the beam is in your own eye?

            World English Bible
            Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and behold, the beam is in your own eye?

            Young’s Literal Translation
            or, how wilt thou say to thy brother, Suffer I may cast out the mote from thine eye, and lo, the beam is in thine own eye?

            IT WAS NOT TAKEN FROM THE CHURCH IT WAS TAKEN BY MAN NOT BY ANYONE BUT MAN! QUOTE THE BIBLE ALL YOU WANT MY SON IS A PASTOR IN A CHURCH TOO THE ONE WHO DIDN’T DIE AND IS ALSO IN THE ARMY,

            Deuteronomy 5:7

            The Ten Commandments
            6’I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 7’You shall have no other gods before Me. 8You
            shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in
            heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

            New International Version
            “You shall have no other gods before me.

            New Living Translation
            “You must not have any other god but me.

            English Standard Version
            “‘You shall have no other gods before me.

            New American Standard Bible
            ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.

            King James Bible
            Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

            Holman Christian Standard Bible
            Do not have other gods besides Me.

            International Standard Version
            “‘You are to have no other gods besides me

            NET Bible
            You must not have any other gods besides me.

            GOD’S WORD® Translation
            “Never have any other gods.

            Jubilee Bible 2000
            Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

            King James 2000 Bible
            You shall have none other gods before me.

            American King James Version
            You shall have none other gods before me.

            American Standard Version
            Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

            Douay-Rheims Bible
            Thou shalt not have strange gods in my sight.

            Darby Bible Translation
            Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

            English Revised Version
            Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

            Webster’s Bible Translation
            Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

            World English Bible
            “You shall have no other gods before me.

            Young’s Literal Translation
            ‘Thou hast no other gods in My presence.

            Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.

            Matthew 4:10 Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, …

            John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. …

            1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

            Exodus 20:3
            “You shall have no other gods before me.

            Psalm 81:9
            You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.

            Exodus 15:11
            Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you– majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

            Exodus 20:23
            Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

            Exodus 32:8
            They
            have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made
            themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to
            it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who
            brought you up out of Egypt.’

            Exodus 34:14
            Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

            Deuteronomy 5:7
            “You shall have no other gods before me.

            Deuteronomy 6:14
            Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;

            2 Kings 17:35
            When
            the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites, he commanded them: “Do
            not worship any other gods or bow down to them, serve them or sacrifice
            to them.

            Psalm 81:9
            You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.

            Isaiah 42:8
            “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.

            Jeremiah 7:9
            “‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known,

            Jeremiah 25:6
            Do
            not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not arouse my anger
            with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.”

            Jeremiah 35:15
            Again
            and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each
            of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not
            follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have
            given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or
            listened to me.

            Hosea 13:4
            “But I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.

            NO SAVIOR BUT GOD NO SAVIOR BUT GOD!!!!!!

          • Psalm 3:8
            From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.

            Isaiah 19:20
            It
            will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt.
            When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send
            them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.

            Isaiah 42:8
            “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.

            Isaiah 43:3
            For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.

            Isaiah 44:6
            “This
            is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I
            am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

            Isaiah 44:8
            Do
            not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it
            long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there
            is no other Rock; I know not one.”

            Isaiah 45:21
            Declare
            what is to be, present it– let them take counsel together. Who
            foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it
            not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a
            Savior; there is none but me.

            Isaiah 60:16
            You
            will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you
            will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty
            One of Jacob.

            Hosea 13:4
            “But I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.

            Zechariah 9:9
            Rejoice
            greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes
            to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a
            colt, the foal of a donkey.

          • Isaiah 43:11
            New International Version
            I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.

            New Living Translation
            I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no other Savior.

            English Standard Version
            I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.

            New American Standard Bible
            “I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me.

            King James Bible
            I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

            Holman Christian Standard Bible
            I, I am Yahweh, and there is no other Savior but Me.

            International Standard Version
            I, yes I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.

            NET Bible
            I, I am the LORD, and there is no deliverer besides me.

            GOD’S WORD® Translation
            I alone am the LORD, and there is no savior except me.

            Jubilee Bible 2000
            I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

            King James 2000 Bible
            I, even I, am the LORD; and besides me there is no savior.

            American King James Version
            I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.

            American Standard Version
            I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.

            Douay-Rheims Bible
            I am, I am the Lord: and there is no saviour besides me.

            Darby Bible Translation
            I, I [am] Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.

            English Revised Version
            I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

            Webster’s Bible Translation
            I, even I, am the LORD; and besides me there is no savior.

            World English Bible
            I myself am Yahweh; and besides me there is no savior.

            Young’s Literal Translation
            I — I am Jehovah, And besides Me there is no saviour.

          • Galatians 5:13
            New International Version
            You,
            my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your
            freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

            New Living Translation
            For
            you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But
            don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your
            freedom to serve one another in love.

            English Standard Version
            For
            you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as
            an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

            New American Standard Bible
            For
            you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom
            into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

            King James Bible
            For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

            Holman Christian Standard Bible
            For
            you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an
            opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.

            International Standard Version
            For
            you, brothers, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom
            into an opportunity to gratify your flesh, but through love make it your
            habit to serve one another.

            NET Bible
            For
            you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your
            freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve
            one another.

            Aramaic Bible in Plain English
            But
            you have been called to liberty, my brethren, only let not your liberty
            be an opportunity of the flesh, but you should be serving one another
            by love.

            GOD’S WORD® Translation
            You
            were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don’t turn this
            freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself.
            Rather, serve each other through love.

            Jubilee Bible 2000
            For,
            brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only do not use liberty for
            an occasion to the flesh, but by charity serve one another.

            King James 2000 Bible
            For,
            brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for
            an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

            American King James Version
            For,
            brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an
            occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

            American Standard Version
            For
            ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an
            occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.

            Douay-Rheims Bible
            For
            you, brethren, have been called unto liberty: only make not liberty an
            occasion to the flesh, but by charity of the spirit serve one another.

            Darby Bible Translation
            For
            *ye* have been called to liberty, brethren; only [do] not [turn]
            liberty into an opportunity to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

            English Revised Version
            For
            ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an
            occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.

            Webster’s Bible Translation
            For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

            Weymouth New Testament
            You
            however, brethren, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your
            freedom into an excuse for giving way to your lower natures; but become
            bondservants to one another in a spirit of love.

            World English Bible
            For
            you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for
            gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another.

            Young’s Literal Translation

            For ye — to freedom ye were called, brethren, only not the freedom for
            an occasion to the flesh, but through the love serve ye one another,

          • 1 Peter 1:22
            New International Version
            Now
            that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have
            sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

            New Living Translation
            You
            were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must
            show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each
            other deeply with all your heart.

            English Standard Version
            Having
            purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere
            brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

            New American Standard Bible
            Since
            you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere
            love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

            King James Bible
            Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

            Holman Christian Standard Bible
            By
            obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of
            the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

            International Standard Version
            Now
            that you have obeyed the truth and have purified your souls to love
            your brothers sincerely, you must love one another intensely and with a
            pure heart.

            NET Bible
            You
            have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere
            mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.

            Aramaic Bible in Plain English
            So
            that your souls would be sanctified in obedience to the truth and that
            they be filled with love without partiality, that you would be loving
            one another from a pure and perfect heart,

            GOD’S WORD® Translation
            Love
            each other with a warm love that comes from the heart. After all, you
            have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a
            sincere love for each other.

            Jubilee Bible 2000
            Having
            purified your souls in the obedience of the truth, by the Spirit, in
            unfeigned brotherly love, love one another with a pure heart fervently,

            King James 2000 Bible
            Seeing
            you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit
            unto sincere love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a
            pure heart fervently:

            American King James Version
            Seeing
            you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to
            unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another with a
            pure heart fervently:

            American Standard Version
            Seeing
            ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto
            unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart
            fervently:

            Douay-Rheims Bible
            Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:

            Darby Bible Translation
            Having
            purified your souls by obedience to the truth to unfeigned brotherly
            love, love one another out of a pure heart fervently;

            English Revised Version
            Seeing
            ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto
            unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart
            fervently:

            Webster’s Bible Translation
            Seeing
            ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to
            unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure
            heart fervently:

            Weymouth New Testament
            Now
            that, through your obedience to the truth, you have purified your souls
            for cherishing sincere brotherly love, you must love another heartily
            and fervently.

            World English Bible
            Seeing
            you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the
            Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart
            fervently:

            Young’s Literal Translation

            Your souls having purified in the obedience of the truth through the
            Spirit to brotherly love unfeigned, out of a pure heart one another love
            ye earnestly,

          • Freedom in Christ
            …12I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves. 13For
            you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom
            into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”…

            1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant …

            Proverbs 10:12
            Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

            Proverbs 17:9
            Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

            Acts 7:9
            “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him

            1 Corinthians 4:6
            Now,
            brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos
            for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the
            saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed
            up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

            Galatians 5:22
            But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

            Ephesians 4:32
            Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

            Colossians 3:12
            Therefore,
            as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
            compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

            1 Thessalonians 5:14
            And
            we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and
            disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with
            everyone.

            1 Peter 4:8
            Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

          • James 2:15
            14What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16and
            one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and
            yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is
            that?

          • Mark 14:62
            61But
            He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was
            questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the
            Blessed One?” 62And
            Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE
            RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.” 63Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?

          • Matthew 26:64
            “You
            have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you
            will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and
            coming on the clouds of heaven.”

            Mark 13:26
            “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

            Luke 22:69
            But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

            2 Peter 1:16
            For
            we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the
            coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of
            his majesty.

          • now be quiet and sit down!

          • John 8:28
            27They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28So
            Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I
            am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things
            as the Father taught Me. 29″And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

            Exodus 3:14
            God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

            Deuteronomy 18:18
            I
            will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow
            Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them
            everything I command him.

            Matthew 24:5
            For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

            Mark 13:6
            Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.

            Luke 21:8
            He
            replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my
            name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.

            John 3:11
            Very
            truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we
            have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.

            John 3:14
            Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

            John 4:26
            Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you–I am he.”

            John 5:19
            Jesus
            gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing
            by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because
            whatever the Father does the Son also does.

            John 8:24
            I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

            John 8:27
            They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.

            John 8:58
            “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

            John 12:32
            And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

            John 12:34
            The
            crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will
            remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’?
            Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

            John 12:49
            For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.

            John 12:50
            I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

            John 13:19
            “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.

            John 18:32
            This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

          • Matthew 16:13
            13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

            Matthew 8:20
            Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

            Matthew 16:27
            For
            the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels,
            and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

            Matthew 16:28
            “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

            Mark 8:27
            Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

            Luke 9:18
            Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

          • Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the …

            Matthew 9:6 But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive …

            Matthew 12:8,32,40 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day…

            Matthew 13:37,41 He answered and said to them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man…

            Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

            Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man …

            Mark 8:38 Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this …

            Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

            John 1:51 And he said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Hereafter you shall …

            John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must …

            John 5:27 And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he …

            John 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ …

            Acts 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing …

            Hebrews 2:14-18 For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, …

          • 1 Corinthians 1:10
            10Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you

            Romans 12:16
            Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

            1 Corinthians 1:11
            My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.

            1 Corinthians 3:3
            You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

            1 Corinthians 11:18
            Inthe first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it.

            Lord i pray for our lost brother tk-atty who has lost his way he has been blinded by the ways of the world and lies of the media and flesh he has forgotten your teaching of love and peace and unto him has taken to judging others, he is teaching the opposite of your teachings and claims you have a son, i fear for him Lord that people have lead him astray and others like him, the sheep are running a stray and need there sheppard, i beg you Lord to wash his mind again and spirit clean from all hate he has seen and heard and only live in your name for you as i do as a slave to all as you had asked. Lord please fill his heart with love and kindness and peace and open my brother tk-atty eyes so he can see the truth in your teachings.

            Amen!

          • i consider anything that tells you to hurt another as nonsense read the bible kid before you quote it to me

          • oh and Muslims would shake there head at you its stupid because i dont see any jewish people ever make a comment about Muslims forgot about the 15 people held hostage in france that a Muslim man saved? how about the one that saved me at 12 from a catholic man who my family knew that raped me? how about the one who saved the jewish husband and wife on the path train in new york? right there such horrible people. so if it’s true you can blame all Muslims for the actions of some crazies i can blame you for the deaths of hundreds of people in all countries who killed Jewish people and Muslims and orthodox and pentacostals and buddahs because they were different right? what about the catholics dieing because of Israels nonsense thats ok right? look i lost family in 9-11 i was there at ground zero pulling people out. pieces of them i lost a son a united states marine in afganistan what did you lose hater? i have out of 8 kids total 2 of mine 6 i adopted a total of 7 now and no other family, what did you lose? apparently not your pride of thinking your so much better. its time to grow up and stop blaming everyone for a few crazy people. by the way Hitler was jewish, and saddam wasnt muslim he was catholic.

          • and if your stupid enough to question my religion which is none of your damn business to begin with your stupid enough to know this i am who i am! just like Jesus said I am who i am. how about worrying who you are and what you do instead of who i am and you just made yourself really look stupid he died on a cross a human man can only die on a cross GOD is not human he takes no shape or form he has no arms legs nothing, Jesus was human, God is God i am roman catholic born and raised until i realized just how nasty catholics can be you proved to me my religion is a bunch of self centered me first hating bible distorting people who all they want to do is have everyone be like them without anything more and spew all over them because there belief is different when in fact i have a bible here unlike i bet you do i also have a Muslim bible here and i also have a Jewish one here too because unlike you i realized something when i lost my kid RELIGION DOES NOT KILL PEOPLE a book does not kill people stupid people who think there Gods gift to the world kill people with hate! you’re no better than anyone else you are the one deceived if you think God promotes Death or any religion, open your eyes kiddo the war is on terror and hate not against people who have been here before you were even thought of

          • tk-atty

            Your bad language and abusive name calling shows me what you are. The only time I have had people call me names, and especially stupid, it has been islamists. When they can’t refute your argument they call you “IDIOT and STUPID” you must be one of them.

          • AND YOU CAN NOT READ OMG READ THIS I AM A UNITED STATES MILITARY MOTHER OF THE MARINES AND ARMY I AM ROMAN CATHOLIC do you want me to call you and spell it out for you or you just nit picking your way now because you can’t win and i have you backed into a bible corner. look i didnt curse at you cursing is bad language, and as far as abuse how does it feel? ignorant child you do it to Muslims! doesn’t feel so damn good when it is turned against you hu? how do you like it when one of your own turns on you because your acting like a spoiled brat i supposed america is your country too right? that jews and muslims were not born here. kid go back to your barbie dolls in your parents bedroom and come back when you can have a argument that you can win, MY LAST NAME IS JAWORSKI MY GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS A PROSECUTOR IN WATERGATE, MY UNCLE WAS A PHILLY QUARTER BACK RON JAWORSKI I HAVE FAMILY IN POLITICS and you make me physically ill with your hate just be warned terrorist the more you hate on innocent people the more i will hate on your and the more the united states military will come hunt you down like the radical terrorist you are

          • IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTIUTION SOMETHING MY SON DIED FOR THAT YOUR TREATING ON WHICH YOU REALLY SHOULD SHUT UP NOW ABOUT In the United States, freedom of religion is a constitutionally guaranteed right provided in the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Freedom of religion is also closely associated with separation of church and state, a concept advocated by Colonial founders such as Roger Williams, William Penn and later founding fathers such as James Madison and Thomas Jefferson………….

            In the United States, the religious civil liberties are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

            Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

            The “Establishment Clause,”
            stating that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” is generally read to prohibit the Federal government from establishing a national church (“religion”) or excessively involving itself in religion, particularly to the benefit of one religion over another. Following the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and through the doctrine of incorporation, this restriction is held to be applicable to state governments as well.

            The “Free Exercise Clause” states that Congress cannot “prohibit the free exercise” of religious practices. The Supreme Court of the United States has consistently held, however, that the right to free exercise of religion is not absolute. For example, in the 19th century, some of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traditionally practiced polygamy, yet in Reynolds v. United States(1879), the Supreme Court upheld the criminal conviction of one of these members under a federal law banning polygamy. The Court reasoned that to do otherwise would set precedent for a full range of religious beliefs including those as extreme as human sacrifice. The Court stated that “Laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and opinions, they may with practices.” For example, if one were part of a religion that believed in vampirism, the First Amendment would protect one’s belief in vampirism, but not the practice.

            The Fourteenth Amendment

            The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the religious civil rights. Whereas the First Amendment secures the free exercise of religion, section one of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of religion, by securing “the equal protection of the laws” for every person:


            All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction there of, are citizens of the United States and of the State where in they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

            DON’T TREAT ON ME!

          • HERE KID GO READ IT YOU NEED TO LEARN THE LAWS I AM AN AMERICAN THAT IS WHAT I AM GET USED TO DISAPPOINTMENT AND I WILL STAND UP FOR THOSE WHO ARE INNOCENT AND WRONGLY ACCUSED DONT LIKE THE CONSTITUTION FIND ANOTHER COUNTRY TO LIVE IN FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS ANYONES RIGHT http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html

            AND THAT ALSO SHOWS YOU THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH SO GET USED TO IT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND I HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU JUST HOW STUPID YOU ARE, WELCOME TO AMERICA IF YOU DONT LIKE IT YOU KNOW WHERE OUR BOARDERS ARE HAVE A NICE TRIP PAST THEM.

            DON’T TREAD ON ME HOORAH!

          • OH AND AT LEAST I DONT HIDE BEHIND SOME FAKE NAME WITH NO PICTURE GOOD JOB YOU THAT SCARED OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WITH YOUR HATE I WOULD BE SCARED OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, OH AND PLEASE IF I WANTED TO ABUSE YOU I WOULD CALLING YOU A STUPID IDIOT IS WHAT YOU ARE IT IS A FACT WOULD YOU RATHER ME USE IGNORANT WANNA BE DICTATOR?? DON’T STAND UP HERE TELLING ME WHAT I SHOULD AND SHOULDNT BELIEVE IN I AM AN AMERICAN I AM FREE AND I AM WAY OVER 21 I AM A MILITARY MOTHER AND IF ANYTHING LEAST I AM NOT A BACK STABBING HIPICRATE WHO TALKS LIKE THIS THEN GOES TO CHURCH TO PRAY TO GOD TO FORGIVE ME THEN DOES IT AGAIN LIKE YOU DO

          • LOVE AND PEACE SAID GOD LOVE AND PEACE LEARN IT OR YOU ARE JUST AS BAD AS THE TERRORISTS WHO LIE SAYING THERE A RELIGION AND HIDE LIKE FAKES! DO NOT MESS UP MY RELIGION OR THE CHEROKEE TRIBAL NATION WITH YOUR BLASPHEMY!!!!!

          • KKK SAYS THERE CHRISTIAN TOO YOU KNOW WHATS YOUR ANSWER TO THAT HU? HOW DID ALL THE JEWISH PEOPLE GET HERE MR KNOW IT ALL?

          • NO WEIRDO I AM A MILITARY MOTHER GET IT RIGHT and you must be one of those crazy people running around armed because your afraid of your own shadow

        • sorry you cant be both son of man, you can have what ever you want but you are also blind too learn Christianity your ignorance is no excuse try google it can be your friend