religious freedom

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Petition to Tamara Barringer, David E. Price, Nelson Dollar, Philip E. (Phil) Berger, Roy Cooper, Tim Moore, Howard Hunter, Brenden Jones, Kelly M. Alexander, Jr.

Help to Change NC State Cremation Law

My name is Kristin Christensen and my husband Daniel and I are petitioning to change NC G.S. 90-210.129 Section H, in regards to cremation laws. In January we discovered that we were pregnant with our first child. After spending the first half of my pregnancy elated with joy knowing that they were going to be having a baby girl, surprising news came at the 19 week mark when we found out that we were actually having a rare set of high risk identical twin girls! Monoamniotic monochorionic- also know as MoMo's, our twins were in the same sac with no membrane separating them, allowing them to tangle or injure one another. Just shy of 23 weeks (1 week before I could be admitted to the hospital to be monitored 24/7 due to the high risk situation) we were crushed to discover the twins had passed away due to cord entanglement. While grieving, Dan and I decided to have our girls surgically removed (per the doctors, it was the safer choice for myself rather than being induced and delivering them) and having them cremated. Due to the grim nature of the procedure, however, it was impossible for us to see the remains afterwards, though we were able to obtain footprints of our little angels. This was where our physical and emotional pain was put on hold and where legalities came into play.  Two days following the procedure, we received a phone call from the funeral home stating that the remains were still at the hospital. Our twins were apparently sent together and due to the North Carolina law which states, "The simultaneous cremation of the human remains of more than one person withinthe same cremation chamber is forbidden", they could not be legally cremated. We were offered a plot of land for burial, which was not our wish, and even told that we could easily abide by the law by just pulling apart the remains and re-bagging them into two! We were absolutely disgusted; how could this be the appropriate solution for already heartbroken parents? We have contacted our senators, house of representatives, the NC State Funeral Board and even gone on and were interviewed by WRAL local news. We have received condolences and nothing more than a "my hands are tied" reaction to all. We also keep getting reminded that this is so rare and "never happens". Well now it has and we want change.  In March of 2017, NC House Bill 529 was filed with new wording to modify the state law, expressing how the cremation of multiple bodies could be allowed with the condition, "The human remains of multiple fetuses from the same mother and the same birth." To date, the bill was not passed nor does it appear to have been voted on. In researching our options, we have discovered that South Carolina and Virginia, along with multiple other states, have similar laws, stating multiple cremations may be allowed, permitting written consent. In our plight, we have received multiple offers from our neighboring states to cross over and have our twins cremated together; modifications can be met and we are striving to have this rule changed so that no grieving family, parent or child, has to go through such additional heartache. Death requires peace and comfort to the survivors and we feel that our state is making this impossible time even more difficult and we will not rest until our voices are heard. 

Kristin Christensen
2,049 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Gurbir S. Grewal, Barbara D. Underwood, U.S. DOJ, Anne Cawley, Brad R. Weidel, Virginia Menschner, Ed Markunas, Frank Hagen, President, UAMA, Imam/President , Hillside Islamic Center, President, Darulislah, Islamic Society of North America, Michael Klein, Daniel Kraushaar, US Department of Justice State of NJ

Bullying & my Civil/Religious Rights Violation!

Yet another despicable act by 2 bullies in the Suffern, NY Mosque Yet another illegal BAN letter issued to me in violation of my Civil and Religious Rights.  I’ve been associated with this Mosque for upwards of 10 years. The Mosque currently is being illegally occupied by one of the 2 bullies, Dr. Nadeem Qureshi, (a resident of Long Island NY) the owner of Tawwabeen Foundation and Paak Funeral Home A case in that regard is currently open against him in the Rockland County Supreme Court, Index No.: 34094/2014 before the Honorable Victor J. Alfieri. While majority of the community members are disturbed and disgusted with Dr. Qureshi and his sidekick Syed Babur Ali's Mafia-style control and operations of the Mosque, most of them are too nice/humble and/or scared to come forward against the 2 bullies.  I'm one of the few members who are vocal and speak out against them. This illegal management has issued several BAN letters over the years to many local members including 2 senior citizens and a minor, a then 17-year-old but none of them have had any legal value.  Once when these 2 bullies issued a BAN letter, our lawyer at the time issued a stern warning to the Suffern Police Chief Clark Osborn and to the Town of Suffern telling them this is an on-going Civil Matter and suggested for them to stay out of it or else action will be taken against them without further notice. This time around I thought the BAN letter would be the same, i.e. of no value.  Suffern PD, however, decided to give value to this illegal letter and told me not to come to the Mosque or else I will be arrested.  I understand why the Sergeant did it.  He was getting sick of being called in by the bully Syed Babur Ali so (supposedly) he reached out to the DA’s office which told him the Administration of the Mosque has the right to BAN anyone.  Well, that is BLATANTLY WRONG! This is a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Organization and no one has the right to BAN anyone especially if there is NO criminal record/activity involved!  The Suffern PD and the DA’s office got it all WRONG and in this case, have unknowingly/unintentionally sided with the bully. I have never done anything against the law and/or have NEVER created any disturbance whatsoever at the Mosque. To the contrary, since I have been part of this community for over a decade and almost everyone knows me and my family, 99% of the time, it's a very friendly environment. I have never been involved in an argument with anyone except for one person, Syed Babur Ali, the so-called Treasurer of the Mosque who by his own admission has spent 90 days in Riker's Island Detention Center and has performed 120+ hours of Community Service in an elderly home.  He associated the ordeal with 9/11 and that his Jewish boss had him incarcerated by linking him to 9/11 terror-related activities.  We now know that was all fabricated.  He stole hundreds of thousands from his employer who filed charges of Grand Larceny for which he was picked up and placed in Riker's Island.  He took a plea deal under Perjury after serving 90 days in one of the worst prisons in our country.  In this regard, I have requested and written many times on Mosque's website requesting Mr. Ali to step down from the Treasurer position. I still stand by every word I have written except for the fact that at times, being emotional I wrote a few curse words to him which hindsight, I wish I had not as using foul language took away from the message I was relaying. I'm working on filing a Federal Lawsuit against the 2 bullies, Dr. Qureshi and Syed Babur Ali. For now, please sign my petition so I can take to the Suffern, NY Police Department and tell them the letter they decided to legitimize based on the input from DA’s office is a wrong act! Thanks and God Bless. Saad Haq.201.923.4859

Saad Haq
186 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Facebook

Ask Facebook to change "Religious Views" to "Worldviews" in the About section

As an Atheist Humanist, I, as most people, have a lot to say when it comes to my worldview. However, my entire paradigm is void of religion. Religion doesn't factor into a single part of my worldview, yet I and the nonreligious are bombarded daily by religious posts and comments, religious legislation, religious stigmas, religious education limitations, religious relationship limitations, etc . . .  I am sure there are many of you reading this right now that are already coming up with 5 more things that I didn't mention in that miniscule list. My, and Equality's plea is simple, please allow us to describe who we are, whether we have a religion or not, by asking us what our "Worldview" is, not what our "Religious views" are. Because honestly, when I share my views on religion it typically pisses people off. Isn't that kind of negative experience exactly the type of thing that Facebook is trying to move away from these days (per their advertising campaigns and CEO appearances)? As I continue to wrestle with the relationship that I have with Facebook and if I should I continue using their platform as a result of their intentional exploitation of it's users' information, I just can't ignore some of the things that still need to change before Facebook's platform can be welcoming to all people, not just those who identify with a religion. Thank you to Facebook and the worldwide community for being a part of this Change!

Corey Melton
202 supporters