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The writings herein reflect the views of the authors based upon their research into extra-Biblical writings and commentaries.  Some of the comments counter what is written in the Bible, but they do reflect some early Christian and Jewish-Christian thinking and debates over various Christian theology of that time.

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The First Amendment

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 First Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights, but does not mean that anything within the Bill of Rights that attempts to deter from practicing our religion is acceptable by GOD. The point is that because of the seriousness of the crime of conviction, according to the law of the Nicolaitans, is Biblically wrong. These two Churches; the Catholic Church of Ephesus and the Mormon Church of Pergemos help with the gifts of GOD. (Revelation 2:6, 2:15) The judicial system is set up as the selling of souls for profit. (Isaiah 8:11-12) Merely to get out of jail we are required to give a signature or we will remain incarcerated. (Isaiah 29:20-21) This is not about one single church. Persecution can be worse than murder, as not all laws are the same. (1 Corinthians 15:56-57) Nor is this treason against the United States as it is based on the original founding principles of the country.

Mandatory money for sentences is in exempt in our religion. (Ezra 7:23-24) (Habakkuk 3:14) (1 Maccabees 10:29-33, 11:35)

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