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freedom of religion

29 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Dunja Mijatović, Antonio Tajani, Hans Christof Graf von Sponeck, ENOC Secretariat, Kenneth Roth, Kumi Naidoo, Dr. Rashid Al Balushi, Thorbjørn Jagland, Pier Antonio PANZERI, Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Emily O'Reilly, Rachel Pulfer, Lucia Nader, Universal Rights Group

Stop Forced Conversion of Muslim Children

عربي In blatant defiance of International Law, the Netherlands has legalized forced conversion of Muslim children in primary schools with cruel methods and impunity. Parents who refused to convert their children have been prosecuted and I am one of them. Please check the evidence link below. Unfortunately, thousands of children are suffering from systematic violations of their rights in the Netherlands because there is no separation of powers. In addition, there is no constitutional and legal mechanism for the protection of human rights. Also, acts of parliament cannot be tested against the constitution, and on top of that, all government employees enjoy absolute immunity. UNICEF annual reports, among others, have indicated that the Netherlands is committing grave violations against children. Some of these reports indicate that the Netherlands kills hundreds of infants annually through the Euthanasia Act. For more than fifteen years, I have been trying to protect my children's rights who were threatened, humiliated, beaten, forced to clean classrooms, sing racist songs, put cross paper crowns, eat pork, pray every day as Protestants and celebrate Christmas. I was prosecuted without a legal representative for refusing to convert my children. Authorities were keen to take custody of my children and remove them to the homes of non-Muslims. To escape religious persecution, my children and wife moved to Russia in 2011, and so their dreams were destroyed. The Netherlands should not be allowed to continue to violate human rights and commit crimes against humanity with impunity. Please sign this petition and share with your friends and family. Evidence #StopForcedConversionOfMuslimChildren

Haissam Malas
1,476 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuven Rivlin, Yuli Edelstein, Ron Durmer, David Biton, Yehuda Glick, Shuli Moalam Rafaeli

The Temple Mount Manifesto

Learn more about discrimination against Jews on the Temple Mount - The TEMPLE MOUNT REPORT - The Denial of Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount.  El Manifiesto de Monte del Templo - Haga clic aquí ———————————————————- THE TEMPLE MOUNT MANIFESTO Whereas the Temple Mount is the holiest site to the Jewish Nation; Whereas the Temple Mount is the site of the Jewish Temple destroyed first by Babylon in 587 BCE and again by Roman Legions in 69 CE; and whereas the Jewish People have never abandoned hope of returning to the site of their ruined Temple; Whereas the liberation of the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967 was not only an act of self-defense but a historic act of justice in restoring the Jewish Nation to their holiest site; Whereas the current 'status quo' denies the historic longing and aspiration of the Jewish Nation to once again pray and worship at the site of their ancient Temple; and whereas the continued Palestinian violence, incitement, and destruction of Temple antiquities on the Mount constitutes a grave desecration of the holy site; The Resolved that the undersigned support the freedom of peaceful Jewish prayer, worship, and assembly on the Temple Mount, in accordance with Torah Law, and call upon the Government of Israel to annul the anti-Jewish & Democratic Governmental Regulation 761, known as the "status quo" immediately.

Yosef Rabin
5,931 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to South Dakota State Senate, South Dakota State House, Louisiana State House, Louisiana State Senate

Religious Representation For All OR No God On The Wall!

It was recently passed by Governor Kristi Noem following footsteps of Kentucky's Governor Matt Bevin that ALL public schools will put up In God We Trust. It is now sweeping across the Nation. This is unconstitutional. Our founding fathers made our Constitution for the moral and just. They did not include a Religion because they realized that everyone believes differently or chooses not to and they wanted to protect that value. If this stays on walls there should also be fair representation of others faith ranging from Allah to Satan. We have the right to freedom of religion and this can make others feel persecuted or isolated because they believe differently or not at all. First Amendment states freedom of religion. Paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson "Separation of Church and State" in reference to Freedom of Religion, it should not have been allowed that anyone in office can pass a bill stating this must be erected 12 by 12 in all public schools. Everyone has the freedom of religion, it is what makes America great. Trampling on this freedom does not inspire patriotism. Forcing children to learn in a segregated institution does not inspire patriotism. We require fair representation of all Faiths and their God or Deity in 12 by 12 mural or plaque or not one faith. Schools should be focused on education not religion. We can not allow room for segregation. Children believe in all different kinds of religions and should feel accepted and not condemned walking into a school building. Children should be able to focus on learning without added distractions and without dealing with emotional, mental and spiritual warfare. We need to be sending the message of acceptance of all to such young minds. This Nation is great because we have embraced the idea of unique individuals living in harmony. This Nation will stay great by keeping the tradition of freedom and by allowing us our Constitutional rights. 

Adelena Chavarria
374 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Dr. Anthony Barber, Mark Sereni

Fighting back against the FFRF bullying re: "God Bless America" in Springfield SD

The Freedom From Religious Federation (FFRF) sent a letter to the Springfield School District on March 25, 2019  which stated that “The repeated recitation of a religious message in the school setting violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits public schools from advancing, supporting or promoting religion,” FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Superintendent Anthony Barber. “‘God Bless America’ is a prayer. The song that the phrase originates from begins, ‘As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.’ A prayer hosted by a publicly supported school does not pass constitutional muster.”  Springfield School District, has made the decision in response to the  Freedom From Religious Federation (FFRF) "cease & desist" letter regarding the recitation of "God Bless America at the end of the Pledge of Allegiance (erring on the side of prudence to avoid a costly lawsuit which would ultimately affect us as taxpayers) but without discussing with the parents of the school children affected, nor the community at large (the taxpayers). SSD response to FFRF In agreeing immediately to do so, the school district DID protect us from a potential lawsuit, but has instead allowed us all to be bullied by ONE party via the Freedom From Religious Federation (FFRF), which is supposedly a "free thought" secular/atheist non-profit group.  In doing so, Springfield School District has changed the entire district's tradition and practice simply to appease ONE party and to avoid litigation with the Freedom From Religious Federation (FFRF) while setting a precedent for this group or others like it to BULLY our community and our schools into following the values and traditions of a minority (one parent).   This type of bullying through threatened litigation by one or a small group of people trying to dictate to the masses (tyranny of the minority) has been happening all across our nation and now it has come to small town Springfield, Delaware County, PA.  It has been a long standing tradition to say "God Bless America" after our Pledge of Allegiance at least as long as I have gone to public school in Springfield. It has never been forced and I believe it has always been understood that God does not have to be just Christian, but also Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, whatever religion you believe - or don't believe. If you don't believe in anything, don't say anything - its really that easy!   But why change what has always been the tradition, which no one has taken offense to prior to now?  What basically amounts to ceremonial deism, which in that case, does NOT go against The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment?  Doesn't everyone know that "God" is whatever higher deity you believe in?  I would certainly think that people who deem themselves "FREETHINKERS” would understand that concept, seeing as they feel they are intellectually superior to anyone who has any religious belief other than theirs - atheism.  Why stop saying it because ONE family is offended by it?  How soon before SSD gets another letter from this FFRF stating that reciting "One nation under God" as part of the Pledge of Allegiance is against the law? I think that this "incident" sets a precedent that will continue possibly causing our school district to quickly cower to the threats of litigation by one person whenever they are offended and change things for all (tyranny of the minority).   If you look at the FFRF's "victory" post regarding their letter to our school district you will see very HATEFUL comments and even additional suggestions of how to go after Springfield School District as well as other districts for things they feel are infractions to The Establishment Cause: https://www.facebook.com/99536044727/posts/10157425815249728?s=644146790&v=i&sfns=mo While I appreciate the district's prudence in wanting to avoid costly litigation for our district based on the whims of one individual backed by an organization hell bent on bullying others into submission to their values, I feel it was communicated poorly and not handled collaboratively with the community, therefore resulting in not exploring options that we could take as a community like enlisting the help of the American Center for Law & Justice:  https://aclj.org/  An open forum where all community members were welcome to DISCUSS the best ways to handle this would have been welcomed and well attended I believe and would have ensured that NO ONE felt excluded and provided transparency of the issue to the community allowing them to explore options as a group to fight this.   STOP LETTING ONE VOICE SPEAK FOR ALL OF US IN THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY WHEN THAT VOICE IS THAT OF A BULLY. We could all use a little more God or whatever it is that makes your life a little brighter and worth living these days as well as a lot less bullying and mandating without reason or provocation. Springfield School District has made a unilateral decision regarding the recitation of "God Bless America: at the end of the Pledge of Allegiance (erring on the side of prudence to avoid a costly lawsuit which would ultimately affect us as taxpayers) without discussing with the parents of the school children affected, nor the community at large (the taxpayers).  In agreeing immediately to do so, the school district DID protect us from a potential lawsuit, but has instead allowed us all to be bullied by ONE party via the Freedom From Religious Federation (FFRF), which is supposedly a "free thought" secular/atheist non-profit group.  In doing so, Springfield School District has changed the entire district's tradition and practice simply to appease ONE party and to avoid litigation with the Freedom From Religious Federation (FFRF) while setting a precedent for this group or others like it to BULLY our community and our schools into following the values and traditions of a minority (one parent).   This type of bullying through threatened litigation by one or a small group of people trying to dictate to the masses (tyranny of the minority) has been happening all across our nation and now it has come to small town Springfield, Delaware County, PA.  It has been a long standing tradition to say "God Bless America" after our Pledge of Allegiance at least as long as I have gone to public school in Springfield. It has never been forced and I believe it has always been understood that God does not have to be just Christian, but also Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, whatever religion you believe - or don't believe. If you don't believe in anything, don't say anything - its really that easy!   But why change what has always been the tradition, which no one has taken offense to prior to now?  What basically amounts to ceremonial deism, which in that case, does NOT go against The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment?  Doesn't everyone know that "God" is whatever higher deity you believe in?  I would certainly think that people who deem themselves "FREETHINKERS” would understand that concept, seeing as they feel they are intellectually superior to anyone who has any religious belief other than theirs - atheism.  Why stop saying it because ONE family is offended by it?  How soon before SSD gets another letter from this FFRF stating that reciting "One nation under God" as part of the Pledge of Allegiance is against the law? I think that this "incident" sets a precedent that will continue possibly causing our school district to quickly cower to the threats of litigation by one person whenever they are offended and change things for all (tyranny of the minority).   If you look at the FFRF's "victory" post regarding their letter to our school district you will see very HATEFUL comments and even additional suggestions of how to go after Springfield School District as well as other districts for things they feel are infractions to The Establishment Cause: https://www.facebook.com/99536044727/posts/10157425815249728?s=644146790&v=i&sfns=mo While I appreciate the district's prudence in wanting to avoid costly litigation for our district based on the whims of one individual backed by an organization hell bent on bullying others into submission to their values, I feel it was communicated poorly and not handled collaboratively with the community, therefore resulting in not exploring options that we could take as a community like enlisting the help of the American Center for Law & Justice:  https://aclj.org/  An open forum where all community members were welcome to DISCUSS the best ways to handle this would have been welcomed and well attended I believe and would have ensured that NO ONE felt excluded and provided transparency of the issue to the community allowing them to explore options as a group to fight this.   STOP LETTING ONE VOICE SPEAK FOR ALL OF US IN THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY WHEN THAT VOICE IS THAT OF A BULLY. We could all use a little more God or whatever it is that makes your life a little brighter and worth living these days as well as a lot less bullying and mandating without reason or provocation.    

Heather Bodkin
259 supporters