Happy 241st Birthday!

We have just celebrated the 241st birthday of our country, the United States of America. She is not perfect, but she has done much good and I love her. One of my favorite songs is God Bless America.

God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.

One of the things I am especially thankful for is our Constitution. It has allowed such freedom for 241 years. What a blessing.

The first amendment is the guarantee to practice our religion without interference. It says: “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.”

Some are trying to say that this amendment puts a wall between the state and the free exercise of religion. They take that from a letter Thomas Jefferson, third president, wrote. I am saddened that they misunderstand this amendment and try to stop our freedom to speak publicly about things we believe!

I am very thankful that God has blessed us with such a marvelous document as our Constitution.

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