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Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

Published 4:48pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dear Editor,
Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? This date marks the date upon which the political, religious, and intellectual leaders of the 13 British Colonies drew the line in the sand and said “we have had enough of your arrogant paternalism, and we will no longer allow you, the British Crown, to enforce the economic and political slavery upon us that you have so vehemently done. They said to the Crown “you may not tax us as you please, impose tariffs as you please, and force us to work as your serfs. We are a free and independent people who can and will govern themselves. We are hereby and forever after throwing off the shackles of the monarchy. We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, and we have enumerated those rights for the entire world to see.
On July 4, 2014, it is time for us to declare again our independence. This time it is independence from an oppressive, arrogant, and irresponsible American federal government which has taken on much of the form of the British Monarchy in the 18th century. We now have a government which has cast aside the Constitution and the first ten amendments known as the Bill of Rights.
We are God’s favored nation as long as we live for God’s glory and commandments. We have been given “by our creator” the blueprint for a great and glorious nation. We only must defend and uphold that blueprint to reap the rewards of God’s favor.
God Bless America.
Billy Sellers
Alexander City

  • hushhhh

    God’s favored nation? I would think such arrogance of a people would be more apt to bring God’s anger than blessings. We do have much to be thankful for in this country, although if you read many of Dr. Seller’s words, you already know that many of our liberties, he would prefer to remove – because, well – God. I think the only person who has most-favored status is Dr. Sellers with the editorial staff of The Outlook.

    Our favored nation status is not one that comes with a strong resume.

    The God-centered founding of Plymouth Colony reflects the belief by the Puritans that the New World was their promised land – aptly naming it New Canaan. Gov. John Winthrop declared, “the Lord make it like that of New England, for we must consider that we shall be as a City on a Hill.” However, the death and massacre that followed seemed less Godly than arrogant and . . . it would later be deemed our Manifest Destiny. When war broke out against the Pequot in the 1630′s, William Bradford recounted the burning of one of their villages in these words, “it was a fearful sight to see them frying . . . but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and we gave the prayers thereof to God, who had enclosed the enemies in [our] hands.” Later, when small pox (which was introduced to the native peoples by the settlers) began to wipe out entire villages, Winthrop declared, “God hath consumed the Natives.”

    The new declaration of independence that Dr. Sellers calls for sounds much more like the repressive sort of selective and restrictive independence that was called for during the Red Scare of the 1950′s — and now, in the new Red Scare where fearmongering around the fear of communism has been replaced by trying to create a false fear around the word socialism.

    Some things that get lost in the shuffle of our study of history are worth noting during such viral debates about God and country:

    In the original constitution, ratified in 1789, there was only one reference to religion – in Article 6 – that stated “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust in the United States.”

    “E Pluribus Unum” was the motto (defacto) as adopted as a part of the Great Seal of the US – and means “Out of many, one.” It was 174 years later that congress, during the Red Scare of the 1950′s, changed it to “In God We Trust”.

    The original Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by a Baptist minister named Francis Bellamy and did not include the words “under God”. Again, these were added by Congress 62 years later – again, as a part of the Red Scare.

    While folks like Billy Sellers and others will try their best to scare us to the point that we agree to follow behind them in lock-step, we are not a nation founded on fear. We are a nation founded on hope. Hope for a better place, not perfect – but BETTER – where we would all strive for equality. From many, one.

    It is worth remembering that there are good Christians and evil Christians; good Muslims and evil Muslims. There are ethical people who live without religion and evil people who live without religion. Religion does not correlate, either by definition or by historical records, with ethics.

    Just as Susan B. Anthony once said, “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coinsides with their own desires.” More often than not – our arrogance does not allow for us to be satisfied with having been created in the image of God – it is the cause of us creating our God from our own image.

    A good example of this comes from a quote from Adolf Hitler taken from a speech he made in 1936, “I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.”

    Not everyone who talks about God is good . . . and not everyone who is good talks about God.

    It is the diversity and the incredible talents of the people of this country that make me most proud and give me cause to celebrate on July 4th . . . and every day. But, when we think we are “more special” than others, we become smaller and inconsequential. I think it is Proverbs 16:8 that says, “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.”

    Happy Fourth!

  • wildflower

    Thank you, Jerry Tapley, for your response to my simple and declarative statement concerning the 4th of July and the need for a rededication to individual and Constitutional freedom. Although I disagree with every premise you made, I fully support your right to say these things. Any time you stray from the principles of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, you place in jeopardy the future of our constitutional republic and our future as a nation.
    And, happy 4th of July to you, too.