Fourth of July. Fireworks, Apple Pie, Baseball these are the typical things that come to mind. And of course remembering the incredible battle our nation forged some 230 years ago. If you have not seen the John Adams documentary that HBO put out I strongly recommend it. What was endured in those times so that you and I can sit in our lawn chairs and celebrate our nations birthday is almost unfathomable.
We as Americans hold tightly and proudly our Constitution and all the rights that it grants us. Freedom of Speech and Religion are the first guarantees in our Bill of Rights. What is so often looked aside is that there are no limits on what speech and religion are protected. We used to see a car around the neighborhood that had a couple of Wiccan bumper stickers. As much as I don't believe in Wiccan I believe in their right to choose that as their faith and to proudly announce it to the world. If I want to have a Christian Fish on my mini-van then I can't be upset if someone else has a Darwin Fish eating a Christian Fish on their suburban.
I was involved in a glorious discussion earlier today on FB. A friend posted a picture of a newly elected Member of Parliament in Australia. For his swearing in ceremony instead of the Bible he used the Qur'an. She posted this question: