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It has been proven that Pot is much less dangerous then Alcohol, and has many medicinal properties. We as adults should be able to consume the recreational drug of our choice be it pot or alcohol without the state being involved in any manner as long as we as adults don't harm anybody else. It is a proven fact that everything the Federal Government fears and has stated about marijuana has been a factually inaccurate fallacy.
The State Legislatures have the legal ability to Nullify and over-ride any Federal Prohibition on anything they wish, and they should utilize this legal ability for the benefit of the citizens of their state. It is the Duty of the State Legislatures to protect the Citizens from Federal Encroachments.
3 months ago on High time for Illinois to legalize pot? Some lawmakers believe so
Yes, Illinois Drills for oil and natural Gas and Exports this oil and natural Gas to Foreign Countries, then we import Crude oil from foreign nations and Refine it then sell it at fuel stations at a higher price which costs consumers a much higher price to fuel their vehicles. Here is a new idea that would both save consumers money, save oil companies money which in return would boost our own economy by allowing consumers to have more money in their hands to spend elsewhere.
Why don't we Drill our own Oil and natural gas, refine our own Oil and natural Gas here in Illinois, and consumers could then purchase our own Oil and Natural Gas at a much cheaper price, eliminating the cost of transportation fees altogether by not having to ship our own oil overseas, then re-import oil. This would be a win-win situation for all Illinois consumers, this could then be repeated in every state in the nation and bring down the costs of gasoline and diesel as well for Transportation Companies as well as Travelers all across the nation.
This is an Idea that should have been considered and implemented a long time ago, while we are at it we could and should eliminate the Department of Energy since they have not fulfilled their duty or requirement of making the U.S. Oil or Natural Gas Independent on all of their 30-40 years of being activated. This does not require Rocket Science, all it requires is common sense and action.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Top 10 Illinois imports
What is Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley,afraid of that this Subpoena power will uncover. There must be a reason for his objection.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on And now lawmakers have subpoena power to look into Quinn’s failed anti-violence program
It appears that Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her father Michael Madigan fear Term Limits and fair Representational map drawings and wish to Control the State through manipulating who voters are in their Districts. and Gee I wonder why. Do they see that the people of Illinois are sick and tired of their Cronyism and are trying to stop the people from beinjg free of their Cronyism and corruptness.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Only in Illinois: Will you get to vote on term limits, fair maps?
The Illinois taxpayers do not want this money spent on the Presidential Library, if Mike Madigan and Illinois Democrats do waste this money on the Presidential Library anyway, Mile Madigan should be arrested and charged with violating his Fiduciary Responsibility to spend the taxpayers of Illinois money wisely.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Democrats approve $100 million Obama presidential library; moves to the House
When it comes to Government financing and taxation, it appears that Reboot Illinois failed to ask the most important question of all, of all to the Gubernatorial Candidates which is: Would you enact a law that forced all Cities in Illinois to reveal to their citizens the amount of money tucked away in Off Budget Accounts from the Investment Revenue received by the Cities from Investments made in Corporations in the Stock Market using taxpayer dollars.
If looked into by the citizens in their cities Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, they will see huge sums of money that has been placed in Off Budget Accounts by the City Treasurer of their respective City, and never reported to the citizens, unless specifically asked about this money.
This money in Off Budget Accounts is the direct result of Investments made by the city using taxpayers money and should have to be Audited and the funds in these Off Budget Accounts should be used to pay for this Audit, the results should be made to the citizens. This money in Off Budget Accounts is way more then the Budget ever is or could be and could and should be used to fund government services, which in turn could allow the city to lower or completely eliminate taxes altogether on their citizens.
This money in Off Budget Accounts has been piling up for over 60 or more years, and the interest on this money alone would be enough to fully fund government services itself, which means the principal would not be touched because the principal is being added to Quarterly because the Investment the Cities have made receives Quarterly Returns on their Investment.
This is the information Reboot Illinois should have brought to the attention of both the candidates, as well as the citizenry as it effects every Illinois voter/taxpayer.
5 months ago on Democratic governor questionnaire: who’s where on term limits, redistricting reform?
It appears that Mr. Rand Paul from Kentucky was correct all along, but unfortunately the rest of Congress is in a funding spree to any Foreign Nation as long as it does not come out of their pocket book. All Foreign Aid programs should be scrapped immediately and that money that is saved from scrapping Foreign Aid Programs should and could be used right here in the U.S., after all it is our money they are sending away to a Foreign nation. We need this money much worse then they do. In case the House of Representatives and the Senate hasn't noticed, our own Economy is in a slump and has been for many years partly because they the Senate, the President and other politicians have been giving away our money in Foreign Aid, even though some or all of it must be borrowed from the Federal Reserve System or another Foreign Nation all @ interest of course that the American taxpayer is responsible for paying back.
1 year ago on Access denied | The Cable
The Last response in this report baffles me, the reporters said that the Court said that nobody in the Court tried to stop the arrest of this woman for reporting the sexual assault, but everybody is always taught that you can be arrested yourself for interfering in an investigation, so if anybody attempted to stop this police officer from arresting this woman they could be arrested themselves for Interfering in an investigation, an alleged law violation.This is a stupid law designed to protect the police only and leave the alleged suspect a victim for the potential for police brutality.
If the police are violating the law in any manner then they need to be stopped even to the point of being arrested themselves and handcuffed, then Internal Affairs needs to be called immediately instead of just another police officer.
1 year ago on Abusive Court Brutalizing Pleading Woman Shows Why Civilization Requires Capital Punishment
@flameworker2 @MikeYoung Flameworker2, are you the same type of Health Inspector that would force a Homeless shelter to throw out 1500 lbs of Deer meat that was donated by local hunters like they did in a Louisiana Homeless shelter? Deer Meat has been eaten for centuries and nobody has become ill from it, yet the Health Department Inspectors in Louisiana ordered this fresh deer meat that was donated by local hunters to not only be thrown into the dumpster, they also ordered Bleech to be poured over it so nobody could pull it out of the dumpster, clean it up, then cook it and serve it to the homeless people. Deer meat is an excellent source of protein and it is low in fat, would you approve of this as well.
1 year, 2 months ago on Pawn Stars Rick Harrison tells Mark Levin Show how the feds are keeping him from filming on govt land
This would be a good reason why I would not frequent Starbucks Coffee Stores, besides the high prices for their coffee's, Apparently, Starbucks is only concerned about the comforts of their non-smoking customers.
1 year, 2 months ago on Starbuck's Smoking Ban Extends to Outdoors
Yes, Blood just like everything else is a commodity, and as such Blood has a certain monetary value attached to it. When Blood is taken from private citizens be it a donation or sold by the citizen it is filtered and separated, then this blood is sold to Hospitals for a much higher price, and the Hospitals in turn sells this blood for a much higher profit to patients either during operations or a Blood Transfusion.
Why shouldn't the original source of this Blood, the citizen who gives up part of him/herself be paid for their valued and badly needed bodily fluid and be able to profit from it just like the Red Cross and Hospitals do?
1 year, 2 months ago on Should Monetary Incentives be Offered for Blood Donation?
@markinla @MikeYoung Fees, Tariff's amd Taxes are all different ways of extorting money from somebody or something like a city, state or a country, , but they are all a little different, so taxation has not existed.
1 year, 3 months ago on Biden Goes After Violent Media With Taxation
I disagree, taxation is not a necessary part of life in the united States. Our nation existed prior to taxation and it could exist without taxation again, we don't need big government and the expense that accompanies big government spending.
Well, what do you expect coming from the All Barack Channel.
1 year, 3 months ago on ABC Analysis: Poor Big Government Is Not Trusted By Voters
1st of all there should be no such a thing as "Surplus Funds", belonging to the State, if the State does not need or use the money then the money should be returned to the people the Funds were taken from to begin with the taxpayers. No State agency should ever have any Surplus Funds because that means the State did not need or use the funds they acquired from the taxpayers in the 1st place. Secondly, no State agency should be able to Steal your private property without a Court Order and a determination as to why you are not able to possess that said property. This theft of private property should be illegal, especially by the state which it is their Duty to protect Private property Rights for it's citizens, and honor Contracts. That is the 1st Duty of a State Government.
1 year, 3 months ago on Gov. Brown OKs Funds to Confiscate Guns from Criminals, Mentally ill
How about Impeaching him, then Prosecuting him to the fullest extent the law allows. If he is found to be guilty, a good Prison sentence should be the order of the day.
1 year, 3 months ago on BREAKING: Docs Show Janet Napolitano Thanked Missouri Governor For Breaking State Law – Tenth Amendment Center Blog
@edgineer @MikeYoung @denny dennison a lier No, why should I be institutionalized, the government did and does funds Mental Institutions by the way of tax dollars, how else do you think people can be observed by Court Order for a period of 72 hours for observation. My mother used to work at a State Hospital for the mentally insane and she was paid by tax dollars. By the way, I am an Independent leaning Libertarian, I would never lower or degrade myself by becoming or voting Democrat. So your Statements about me are not only inaccurate but they are biased as well.
Nice try though.
1 year, 3 months ago on Pawn Stars Rick Harrison tells Mark Levin Show how the feds are keeping him from filming on govt land
@edgineer @denny dennison Oh great response to my reply, whats the matter, no facts to debunk my statement.
@denny dennison @edgineer If this Chronology of Mental Health in the United States is correct, and I see no reason why it would not be, then yes, Reagan de-funded Mental Health Facilities and closed many of them down through out the nation, but since Reagan has been out of office and has since passed away, we have been through at least 3 other presidents to date at least 2 terms with Bush and now 2 terms with Obama and both President have the power and authority to reopen and refund these facilities, or build new ones, and neither of the Presidents have even attempted to do so. Can't lay this Mental Health mess just on Reagan alone.
Pardon me for asking this question but I have to, have these prisoners in Guantanamo Prison even been charged or even convicted of a crime, if not return them immediately to their home or charge them with a crime and hold a trial for them. One or the other. This is actually illegal to hold somebody permanently in a prison and not charge them with a crime because it is against the Geneva Convention, this even happened before the NDAA was in place and the NDAA only effects American citizens accused of a Domestic Terrorist act.
1 year, 4 months ago on Guantánamo Hunger Strike Count Reaches 63
Why can't Illinois and all of the States legislatures show the guts and courage to do this. Illinois legislatures are an embarrassment to their constituents.
1 year, 4 months ago on Millinocket, Maine Passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution – Tenth Amendment Center Blog
Question for all business people is :Why do you send earning statements to the Federal Government in the 1st place, and give the Federal Government any information on your workers? Are you Contractually Obligated to provide this Financial Information to the Federal Government? Does the IRS provide you a Financial Incentive or Pay you for this information? If not, then you should refuse to send this or any information to the IRS or the Federal Government.
Face it, the less information the Federal Government has about the citizens of the United States the better off the citizens are, after all, the Federal Government has proven they can't be trusted with information of any kind about it's citizens, they always attempt to use this information against it's citizens.
1 year, 4 months ago on Freedom from the Income Tax
Thank you Elizibeth deFranco.
1 year, 4 months ago on Pawn Stars Rick Harrison tells Mark Levin Show how the feds are keeping him from filming on govt land
@JerryChapman @MikeYoung No, the Permit Process is only designed as a Control tactic to limit Competition. The Consumer of Products that are or are not sold is the only entity we need to control what business they want or don't want. If a consumer does not want or need the product, they simply won' make the purchase or even frequent the Store or business , the permitting Process needs to be done away with altogether.
The potential customer can vet the business themselves, and decide what businesses will be successful and what ones will fail due to a lack of customers. Without customers dollars, a business no matter how good or bad the product is will fail if no or very few customers buys their products, we don't need a government agency to tell the customers what business are good or bad, and we certainly don't need a permitting Process.
I have said this before, and I will say it again, the Permit process should be totally eliminated. Why should a business man/woman need to request a Permission Slip from a Municipality, City County or State in order to open a business and engage in a legal activity as their livelihood. They should not even have to they should just be able to open shop and begin their businesses. A Permission Slip from the Local Municipality City, County or State is an Infringement on the Business owners Rights to conduct their Livelihood. A Government at any level should not have the authority to demand a permission Slip be requested by the Potential Business owner Furthermore who gave the Government the authority to demand a Permission Slip from the potential Business owner, where does this authority come from and how did the Government obtain this authority.
@Ranchman The reason for this is all City Police Officers are actually collection agents for the Corporation called the City of ... Whatever City you are talking about. All Cities have become Incorporated, thus Police Officers have now become Revenue Collecting Agents and all Fines, Fees, Licensing Fees, charges, or Tickets are just a form of Revenue to the City as a Corporation.
1 year, 5 months ago on Tennessee Legislature Set To Talk About Police Piracy Of Motorists
This is nothing but theft, perhaps of a large group of citizens got together and did this to the State Police officers they would have a different attitude about it. Theft by any name is still theft.
From what I understand about it Individual States are not required to abide by Treaties made with Foreign Nations to begin with, only the Federal Government is.
1 year, 5 months ago on UN: Legalizing Pot Violates Drug Treaties
The problem with this story is the fact that the Police Officer who lied on his Police Report which is an official document that is presented to the Court as evidence was not charged with perjury and prosecuted himself. Many people falsely believe that police officers, Prosecutors, and or Judges have Immunity from Prosecution, this however is a fallacy, nobody is above the law, and nobody has Immunity from Prosecution because of the Equal Protection Clause in our Constitution. The Equal Protection Clause gives everybody the same Right to be protected and therefore nobody is above Prosecution. A Prosecutor is no better or no more protected than you or I, and neither is a Police Officer.
1 year, 5 months ago on OWS Arrests Show Police Lie Under Oath In Court
The people suspending this brave young man should be suspended without pay during an investigation as to why they decided to spend the good guy, then if their reasoning is not justified, they themselves should be lawfully fired by the student they suspended, and he should be reinstated in school and the suspension should be wiped clean from his school record.
1 year, 5 months ago on Teen Suspended For Stopping Gun Violence
Perhaps Pennsylvania should begin a Midwife training Program and open up free clinics for this purpose. Just to be safe about it keep the State authorities out of the Program altogether. Every time the State gets involved Problems arise.
1 year, 6 months ago on More ObamaCare Unintended Consequences
And it takes a Judge to figure this out! This should be common sense to everybody. An unborn fetus that has a heartbeat is a person with Rights without a doubt.
1 year, 6 months ago on Alabama Supreme Court: ‘Unborn Children Are Persons With Rights’
Everybody Individuals as well as businesses large and small should show the courage to refuse to comply with Obama Care and all of the aspects there of. Refuse the Mandates, refuse to pay the Fines, refuse to be allowed to be arrested, refuse everything about Obama Care.
1 year, 6 months ago on Will Obamacare Go the Way of Prohibition?
@lucitee4 @suzdelia Nobody can out argue the logic or knowledge of Mr. Thomas Woods, Constitutional Scholar , Historian, and Writer, Extraordinaire.
1 year, 6 months ago on Local County Commissioners Passed Ordinance to Block Federal Gun Control Laws
Sadly, my State Legislatures and Governor Quinn In Illinois are just like your State Legislatures and have their lips planted so far up Obama's A.S.S. that they taste the S.H.I.T roll out whenever he goes to the bathroom. I wish the State Legislatures would open their eyes and see that their Gun Control policies only apply to Law Abiding people that would not be and are not inclined to do harm to people anyway, and that Illinois Gun Laws are actually Law Abiding People Control Laws since the criminals in Illinois by their very nature don't abide by law to begin with.
Politicians are usually slow at realizing that their policies do not and will not work, but Illinois legislatures and Governors realization of this works at a snails pace. Will they ever open their eyes and see their gun policies don't and won't work? Only time will tell.
Amen to that, If Obama wins in his approach to Governing, America Loses. I hope Obama Looses everything he attempts to do. Obama falsely claims that the American People support his endeavors in Governing our nation, Well I for one do not support anything Obama does or tries to do. America wins if Obama loses.
1 year, 6 months ago on Obama Learns He Is Not Omnipotent; Will He Overreach?
The Parents should prepare the children's sack lunches like they did years ago and the Government should stay out of the decisions the parent's and children make concerning what the children eat or don't eat. The parents always know best, not the Schools, not the Nutritionists, not the so-called Health Professionals, and certainly not the Government, but the Parents.
1 year, 7 months ago on Kids Win on School Lunch Rules
From what I have seen on other maps concerning the Obama Care Exchanges, Illinois is definitely in favor of the Obama Care Exchanges, and will do everything it can to force the people of Illinois to abide by Obama Care. Does anybody else have any other Information about Obama Care in IIlinois, which has the distinction of being the most Corrupt State in the Union.
1 year, 7 months ago on Where the States Stand on Obamacare
@Evermyrtle @Tx Nurse @vanguard7 I agree with you, I don't believe a vaccine of any kind should be forced onto anybody by a mandate in order to keep their job. The workers body belongs to the worker and no organization has the authority to force compliance of any type into injecting a group of foreign chemicals into the workers body especially in order to keep their job.
1 year, 7 months ago on Hospitals Crack Down on Workers Refusing Flu Shots
@Evermyrtle I believe you misunderstood my comment, no Hospital and or Medical Organization such as the CDC should be allowed to force a vaccine on anybody, period. No matter if it is the CDC or a Pharmaceutical manufacturer of a vaccine, nobody can give any guarantee that a vaccine will work. I am agreeing with you.
Unless the CDC or any doctor can guarantee that a Flu Shot will totally prevent a person from getting the Flu, the CDC, nor a Hospital Medical Staff should Mandate anybody has to get a Flu Shot or any other vaccine for that matter in order for them to remain Employed. A Medical Expert should not be able to force anybody into receiving a vaccine for anything unless they can prove the patient and caregiver will not get sick from the alleged virus after taking the vaccine.
Is there anything that the average citizen can do that they can't be charged with some abstract violation of some law. I am beginning to wonder. Perhaps we should have the citizens panel with knowledge of laws and how they are worded take a look at all of the laws that are currently on the books and have them mark the laws that violate all of our civil and Constitutional Rights and demand from lawmakers that all of the laws on that list be repealed, revoked, or abolished. We currently have so many Federal Laws that the Federal Government has lost count on how many Federal Laws there currently are, the same could probably be said for State laws and local ordinances as well.
1 year, 7 months ago on "HIPAA Violation" Cited as Reason for Unreasonable Search and Seizure
You are correct, personal responsibility does start at home and marijuana smokers should be responsible enough to smoke at home in the privacy of their own home without being hassled by Federal Agents raiding their homes or businesses. But at the same time, if Federal Agents do come to Colorado in an attempt to enforce Federal Law over the new State law then it is the Duty of State Law Enforcement Officers and County Sheriff's to enforce the new State law and place under Arrest any Federal D.E.A. Agents who come into Colorado in an attempt to Raid and Arrest anybody at home smoking pot.
It is the Duty of the State and County Law Enforcement Officers to protect the citizens of their respective States the people that are following and abiding by State law from being arrested by Federal Agents.
If Federal Agents attempt to come into Colorado and make arrests on people for smoking pot, in the privacy of their own home, the State Police and the County Sheriff's of Colorado should arrest and DEA Agents and jail those agents for up to 1 year and fine those D.E.A. Agents $10, 000.00 per incident of attempted arrest.
As everybody is now aware of or should be aware of the County Sheriff is the Highest ranking Law Enforcement Officer in his/her respective County, and has authority over any Federal Agent within the Jurisdiction of his/her County, which means they do have the authority to arrest , detain, disarm, and jail any Federal Agent within the Jurisdiction of his/her County.
This would bring a stop to the Federal Government attempting to over- ride State Lawmakers and their citizens of their respective States.
The State Governments and the Law Enforcement Officers within the State Governments should never fear or bow down to Federal Government Agents.
1 year, 8 months ago on It's Official. Pot is legal in Colorado. However ...
As somebody once said there is noting more permanent than a "Temporary Government Program", especially if it is paid for by the taxpayers. It is so easy to spend other people's money until you ruin out of other people's money..
1 year, 8 months ago on Obamacare Fee of $63 Per Person Will Begin in 2014
In my opinion, the Judge and the Child Protective Services workers should be held Criminally Liable. They all need to stay out of the business of the mother, and leave her alone.
1 year, 8 months ago on State Of Florida Killed A Disabled Girl With Their “Care” In Less Than 24 Hours
@Ronmart Unfortunately then they would probably deny you service until you do sign the document.
1 year, 8 months ago on Health Info Collected to "Protect the President"
Anybody ever wonder why our nation spends so much documentation, Time effort and our money protecting a President that is hell bent on destroying our nation using our money, documentation as in Public Acts or Executive orders, or time.
Yes, this is a great Start to taking a Stand against Federal Tyranny, but it does not go far enough. The Bill if passed by the Senate should have an Amendment Added to it that says the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers will prevent any arrests from being made, and will also arrest any Federal Agents, any Employees or Privately Contracted Employees of the Federal Government from coming to Michigan to attempt to arrest anybody under the NDAA will be arrested themselves for violating Michigan State Law and will be Incarcerated for up to 1 year, and fined $10,000.00 per/violation.
1 year, 8 months ago on NDAA Nullification Bill Passes Michigan House, 107-0
@ilsinglemom3 Dear ilsinglemom, I am replying to your points.
1. I was specifically referring to Polygomyist marriages, not Gay marriages as being nobody's business, as it is only the polygomy family that is involved not an entire Society or even a Community.
Point 2.Porn is not wrong as you claim it it is, Porn workers offer a show, a service "if you will" for people who wish to observe their show, just like a Christian Singer-Songwriters offers a show for his/her audience, or Christian Players offer a show for the audience to see their Plays if you personally are put off by observing Porn, simply don't observe it, and don't purchase the Porn video's or websites that are available for their viewers to enjoy.
3. You said Drinking in excess is wrong, on this point I partially agree with you, but I will go even further and state that doing anything in excess is wrong, even praying in excess is wrong because that takes time away from your family obligations by praying too long.
4. I also agree with you that Obama Care is wrong by forcing everybody to pay for Abortions for women who don't know how to keep their legs together and say no to their Lovers or Husbands, or were raped by somebody. It is the individuals responsibility to pay for their own sexual treatments, or prevention methods, many of these women could abstain from having sexual Intercourse until they are Married and could afford their children, but they chose to have sex anyway which is not societies problem it is their personal problem, after all Society was not in bed with these women only their sex partner was.
5. As far as your statement of Polygomyist families damaging Society, including the Children, please explain your Blanket Statement,
Exactly how is a Polygomy family damaging Society or the Children, I believe what is more damaging to Society is when a State Officials comes to a Polygomy household and threatens the family with kidnapping of the families children claiming some type of child abuse occurs when in fact the family is actually living a happy peaceful life together.
5. State Officials have come to homes of Polygomyist families i the past and threatened or intimidated the Polygomist family into moving to another State so they can live their lives happily and left alone. Is this not morally wrong to do by the State?
6. Doesn't it say in your Bible that the ultimate decision maker for the children are the Parents of the children, not a different entity such as the State, which is what you call Society. Making Judgements on a family because they are living a different lifestyle than most families is morally,Ethically, and should be legally Wrong..
7. Actually, Christians like Muslims and Atheists all use the Courts Systems and the State to bully people who have opposing ideas, viewpoints , or lifestyles. Ths is no different when it comes to Polygomyists families as well. But I guess most people forgot about the Separation of Church and State when it comes to Polygomyists families and only use it as talking points when it benefits themselves.Doesn't the Bible talk about equal protection for all, this is also in our Constitution the Equal Protection Clause, so, if that is the case what protection do Polygomyists families receive from the State or Societies intimidation practices or policies?
1 year, 8 months ago on First Same-Sex Marriage, Now Polygamy
To all of you people who claim you are using the Bible to live your life through, do you also use our Constitution of the United States to live your lives through. Is there a Separation of Church and State in our 1St Amendment of our Constitution that simply states that Congress shall make no law respecting the Right of religious beliefs or our freedom not to believe or warship any religion at all if we so chose.
So if this is the case, and the Congress and allegedly the States as well don't have the authority to tell any Religion or Religious group of believers what they may practice in their faith, or how they can live their lives. Just because their religious practices and lives are different than many people's in Society doesn't make them right or wrong it just makes them different and the same thing could and should be said about Societies dictations of lifestyles and Religious beliefs or choices. Has it ever occurred to you people that society itself might be Wrong by attempting to Dictate to other non accepted religious believers that they might be right and Society as a whole might be wrong. Virtually every religion has a different set of beliefs, who is to say what the correct set of beliefs are and who's beliefs aren't correct. Every religion has some sort of Bible they can fall back on for documentation and religious references of their religious beliefs. Are all other Bibles wrong and only 1 Bible correct. Who is to say?