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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.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

Some people read the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America says there should separation between government and religion, that we need to be protected from public displays of religion. But does it say that?

“Amendment I
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.”

According to the Constitution, we are free to practice our faith, not just in private, but in public as well. It is good to know in this day when some want to rid the public scene from anything religious.