This past 4th of July was one of the best holidays weather-wise I can remember. "What perfect weather" I heard over and over as I waited for the Morgantown parade to begin. I was a rider.
So many words of thanks and so was I thankful that I live in a land that has a Constitution "by and for the people" where I and my fellow citizens may engage in the pursuit of happiness, and be assured of liberty and justice.
My journey includes a spiritual practice. I am a Christian. Nevertheless when I heard a public prayer at post-parade events conclude with "in Jesus name," I grew concerned and looked around to see who would be excluded in this prayer... certainly those of Jewish or Buddhist faith, to name just two.
I read today of a celebration in Randolph County at the federal courthouse in Elkins. It was entitled as a "God and Country Rally." It was described as a rally that celebrates faith and patriotism, as if it is a requirement of faith to be patriotic or vice versa.
I disagree. One can be a Taoist, Muslim or atheist and be patriotic.
One can be faithful, yet when a government lies to its people or a person disagrees with its policies, that person may decide the higher ground is one of adhering to principles of integrity and freedom.
Freedom is sacred. We are free moral creatures. Our founding fathers recognized this. "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains of slavery? Forbid it not, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
With the very significant SCOTUS decision in regard to Hobby Lobby last week, I see erosion of that sweet liberty.
When church dictates to state they meld into each other and persecution is the result.
Wait... I hear the chains rattling now at the doors of the halls of justice.