Freedom Of Religion Quotes

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George Carlin
“Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes.”
George Carlin

G.K. Chesterton
“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”
G.K. Chesterton

Neil deGrasse Tyson
“People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Martin Luther
“Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen."

(Reply to the Diet of Worms, April 18, 1521)”
Martin Luther, Luther's Works, 33: Career of the Reformer III

Christopher Hitchens
“Without Thomas Jefferson and his Declaration of Independence, there would have been no American revolution that announced universal principles of liberty. Without his participation by the side of the unforgettable Marquis de Lafayette, there would have been no French proclamation of The Rights of Man. Without his brilliant negotiation of the Louisiana treaty, there would be no United States of America. Without Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, there would have been no Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, and no basis for the most precious clause of our most prized element of our imperishable Bill of Rights - the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Christopher Hitchens

“If a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission.”
Flemming Rose

Willa Cather
“The new country lay open before me: there were no fences in those days, and I could choose my own way over the grass uplands, trusting the pony to get me home again. Sometimes I followed the sunflower-bordered roads. Fuchs told me that the sunflowers were introduced into that country by the Mormons; that at the time of the persecution when they left Missouri and struck out into the wilderness to find a place where they could worship God in their own way, the members of the first exploring party, crossing the plains to Utah, scattered sunflower seeds as they went. The next summer, when the long trains of wagons came through with all the women and children, they had a sunflower trail to follow. I believe that botanists do not confirm Jake's story but, insist that the sunflower was native to those plains. Nevertheless, that legend has stuck in my mind, and sunflower-bordered roads always seem to me the roads to freedom.”
Willa Cather, My Ántonia

“You can't pick and choose which types of freedom you want to defend. You must defend all of it or be against all of it.”
Scott Howard Phillips

Dinesh D'Souza
“Somehow freedom for religious expression has become freedom from religious expression.”
Dinesh D'Souza, What's So Great About Christianity

Leena Ahmad Almashat
“A Rule: Life without Islam is a naked tree,
Birds without trees can never feel free.”
Leena Ahmad Almashat, Harmony Letters

Criss Jami
“Everyone claims to be okay with freedom of religion, but the moment you mention God there is a strange tension that fills the air. If there was a 6th sense, that would be it.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“It is precisely that requirement of shared worship that has been the principal source of suffering for individual man and the human race since the beginning of history. In their efforts to impose universal worship, men have unsheathed their swords and killed one another. They have invented gods and challenged each other: "Discard your gods and worship mine or I will destroy both your gods and you!”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Tiffany Madison
“Of all the religions in the world, perhaps the religion of liberty is the only faith capable of purity.”
Tiffany Madison

Dinesh D'Souza
“The life of West, Nietzsche said, is based on Christianity. The values of the West are based on Christianity. Some of these values seem to have taken a life of their own, and this gives us the illusion that we can get rid of Christianity and keep the values. This, Nietzsche says, is an illusion...Remove the Christian foundation, and the values must go too.”
Dinesh D'Souza, What's So Great About Christianity

Robert H. Jackson
“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."

[West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)]”
Robert H. Jackson

Christopher Hitchens
“We inherited these principles and these freedoms and we here highly resolve that we shall pass them on, as we will pass on an undivided Republic purged of racism and slavery, to our descendants. The popgun discharges of a few pathetic sectarians and crackpot revisionists are negligible, and will be drowned by the mounting chorus that demands: 'Mr Jefferson! BUILD UP THAT WALL'.”
Christopher Hitchens

Poet Justice Truth
“When we let go and let God, Freedom and peace are revealed. When Freedom and peace is revealed God's light never goes out.”
Criss Tareyton

James Madison
“The Religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right. It is unalienable, because the opinions of men, depending only on the evidence contemplated by their own minds cannot follow the dictates of other men: It is unalienable also, because what is here a right towards men, is a duty towards the Creator. It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him.”
James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance, on the Religious Rights of Man: Written in 1784-85

Anurag Shourie
“Dharma is not about believing in God. It’s about making the right choices, doing the right things and leading the right life.”
Anurag Shourie, Half A Shadow

Iain Pears
“Considering he was neither priest nor scholar, the young man gave sensible, thoughtful replies -- the more so, perhaps, for being untrained, for he had not learned what he should believe or should not believe. Present a statement to him in flagrant contradiction to all Christian doctrine and he could be persuaded to agree on its good sense, unless he remembered it was the sort of thing of which pyres are made for the incautious.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

John Irving
“It's long been a point of mine that the freedom of religion, which this country alleges to support, works two ways. We're not only free to practice the religion of our choice, we should be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us.”
John Irving

James Islington
“There is only one reason to be passionate about a lack of faith—and that is fear,” said Caeden quietly. “Fear that you are wrong. An innate need for others to share your opinion, so that you can be less afraid.” He shook his head. “I do not feel the need to argue, to cajole, to threaten or accuse. If others wish to believe differently, that is no business of mine. I simply do not think that there are gods.”
James Islington, An Echo of Things to Come

Dennis Lehane
“Danny would have thought it comical if it had come from any other source, on any other day, in any other country. But Curtis had come to the table with something they'd never expected, something they would have thought outmoded and outlived in the modern age: a kind of fundamental righteousness that only the fundamental possessed. Unfettered by doubt, it achieved the appearance of moral intelligence and a resolute consciousness. The terrible thing was how small it made you feel, how weaponless. How could you fight righteous rage if the only arms you bore were logic and sanity?”
Dennis Lehane, The Given Day

“There is a difference between exercising religious beliefs and imposing them on others. Our Constitution fiercely protects the former and expressly prohibits the latter.”
Joseph Kennedy III

Gudjon Bergmann
“Ever since the Enlightenment era in the 17th and 18th Centuries—which, among other things, gave birth to the U.S. Constitution and the de facto motto E Pluribus Unum (out of the many, one)—interfaith tolerance has been sown into the fabric of Western society. The rules of one religion are not made into law for all citizens because of a simple social agreement. For you to believe what you want, you must allow me to do the same, even if we disagree.”
Gudjon Bergmann, Experifaith: At the Heart of Every Religion; An Experiential Approach to Individual Spirituality and Improved Interfaith Relations

“Probably most of you who live at these sides of the world! Really believe in Freedom of SPEECH! RELIGION! human RIGHTS! EQUAL RIGHTS! And So on... But let me to tell you a real life story of my own life! Yes my own life and I believe many others who are at these sides of the world! But no one hear them! These people who shout about human right! Equal right! Freedom of speech! Freedom of religion! Yes THEY destroy 7 years of my life! And yet they CLAIM that they respect all people rights and believe that all people rights should be equal and all people should have freedom of speech and religion. NOW! Wait a MINUTE sir! How do you know how I feel at the moment! What I think at the moment and what is my situation at the moment! If you don’t put yourself instead of ME! ? You judge for what you think is right! But you never try to understand my situation!!! I am getting punished for something that I Had no choice about it!!! Yet there are people among you and you CALL them SIR! While they are the most guilty person ever you can find. Shame of the judgement system! I Promise ONE day you will understand that you were WRONG about ME!”
Arash Tabish

“Freedom is that you harness from being a slave to the one you love.”
Lukhman Pambra

Russell M. Nelson
“For this reason, a policy to separate church and state completely could become completely counterproductive. The effect of erasing a theistic culture would allow atheistic forces to flourish unopposed in the public square. If that happens, the theistic and noble concept of “freedom of religion” could be twisted and turned to become an atheistic “freedom from religion.” Such an unbalanced policy could sweep out the theistic forces that have been responsible for our society’s success and leave the field wide open to atheistic ideology, secularism, and huge losses for each of us.”
Russell M. Nelson, Accomplishing the Impossible: What God Does, What We Can Do

Abhijit Naskar
“In a free society, people may be entitled to their belief, but they are not entitled to bigotry. To the bigots, this may seem like tyranny, but it's an absolute necessity, just like it is absolutely imperative that psychopathic murderers are kept off the streets.”
Abhijit Naskar, Operation Justice: To Make A Society That Needs No Law

Abhijit Naskar
“Freedom to practice one's own religion, doesn't mean belittling other religions.”
Abhijit Naskar, Operation Justice: To Make A Society That Needs No Law

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