Freedom. It is a universal value but an American foundation. While all people may desire it, Americans have fought and died for it. Our constitution is devoted to it. The First Amendment specifically delineates those freedoms we hold most valuable- The free exercise of religion, freedom to speak, the freedom of the press, and the freedom to assemble. The pursuit of these freedoms is what led to the existence of the United States. We celebrate these freedoms on the 4th of July.
While we joyfully celebrate these freedoms, there are some who seem to have forgotten the source from which these freedoms spring. Our Founders were clearly aware as they made it clear in the Declaration of Independence, “men are endowed by their Creator, with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Our rights come from our Creator. It is He who gives us minds to reason, hearts to love and hands to work. It is He who gives value in meaning to life and a purpose for living. It is He who gives us the freedom to not only do what we want but an even greater freedom, the ability to do what we should.
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