Change Community Standards Regarding Religious Hate
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Change Community Standards to acceptance of all legally recognized religions, by adopting a "No Hate" policy regarding Pagans,Witches and other Earth-Based religions.
In 1986, a federal appeals court ruled that Wicca was a legal religion.
Witchcraft is recognized in the United States as a legitimate religion. In 1985, Dettmer v Landon (617 F Supp 592) the District Court of Virginia pursuant to rule 52 (a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ruled that Witchcraft is a legitimate religion and falls within a recognizable religious category In 1986 in the Federal Appeals court fourth circuit. Butzner, J. affirmed the decision (799 F 2d 929) Since in most cases Federal law, even case law supersedes state law in this type of matter, the affirmation by judge Butzner clearly sets Witchcraft as a religion under the protection of constitutional rights.
The first amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religious belief.
The equal protection clause is guaranteed to all people and groups. If one group of people is entitled to equal protection than all groups are. Witchcraft is accepted as a religion, therefore, Witches are entitled to the same protections as al] other religious groups; under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. ³First and Fourteenth Amendments insures without qualification that a state may not forbid the holding of any religious belief or opinion, nor may it force anyone to embrace any religious belief or to say or believe anything in conflict with his religious tenets. USCA Const. Amend. 1, (14 Africa v. Anderson 542 F. Supp. 224.") (16 FPD 212-216)
USCA ARTICLE VII # 2 states: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be The Supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding." In light of the fact that Dettmer v. Landon supra, being a Federally Adjudicated case. it is thereby protected by the Constitution. No state can override this Federal adjudication. No Witch can be denied his/her civil liberty and right to be a Witch, open and free, in any state in the land; within the parameters of the Law.
Furthermore, The Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 (c. 1) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which creates an offence in England and Wales of inciting hatred against a person on the grounds of their religion.
In conclusion, Facebook, Inc. is a corporation whose primary operations are located within the United States of America, and therefore should acknowledge the legal religious rights of Witches, by disallowing individuals or groups, via their social media site hereinafter called "Facebook" to create public pages or groups advocating, lobbying for or inciting the harm of Witches, [and equally should subject any such pages and groups to the same sanctions awarded to other pages and groups which serve the same purpose of hate, i.e by swiftly removing said pages as was done with effected with anit-Christian pages and groups shown below.] however swiftly removing anti-Christian pages and groups which serve the same purpose of hate. Two examples are as follows:
Witches must die by fire:
Started 3rd of April, 2013
Status: CLOSED August 22, 2013
Page: Christians must die by fire
Status: Closed : https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/998793_356951661101649_578048306_n.jpg
Religious freedom is one of the United States’ founding principles, protected by the First Amendment and other federal laws. The right against religious discrimination is likewise one of our basic civil rights. To allow one entity or individual the right to discriminate, harass, or threaten harm against one religious group while disallowing it for another is a violation of our Civil Rights; and criminal statutes such as the Church Arson Prevention Act making it a federal crime to attack persons or institutions based on their religion, or otherwise interfere with religious exercise.
We are hereby requesting that Facebook, Inc. take a more aggressive stance on religious discrimination, hate speech and targeted violence against Witches, Pagans and other earth-based religions by proactively investigating complaints of such by its members and subscribers and closing those forums in which it is practiced down.
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