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The Declaration of Independence: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident ... '
Across more than two centuries, these words from July 4, 1776, still resound
Friday, July 4, 2008
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In an age of instant communication and ceaseless prattle, it is sometimes hard to remember how much words can matter. There is no better reminder of that than the document whose adoption the nation celebrates today. Its power to move men and women reverberates 232 years later. If you haven't read it lately, take the time now. There is no better way to mark this great national holiday.Unanimous Declaration of the 13 United States of America. Action of Second Continental Congress.When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.........
The Declaration of Independence: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident ...
Friday, July 4, 2008 wrote:
To equate the Fourth of July with Christianity is absurd! I do not like the spreading of American-style democracy at the hands of the bloodthirsty and warlike Americans themselves. This does not lead to more Christianity, but to a nation drifting further. Has America brought more Christianity and Christian values to Iraq or Afghanistan, or other nations it has attacked in one way or another in recent years? No, the opposite is true. America cannot impose righteousness on others. That is a personal affair, not something that can be imposed in a national crusade. Many people want to go to the United States to lust after things! It's not to fulfill some dream of freedom! Materialism, "the devotion to material wealth and possessions at the expense of spiritual or intellectual values," is virtually synonymous with capitalism, the profit-driven system that dominates the economies and nations of today.
Ted Rudow III,MA