When I'm on Facebook, I'm amazed at the anger and vitriol that some display, the sweeping generalizations that I see and hear. I want to go into teacher mode. I want to point out how wonderful it is that so many of us can have such a wide range of opinions, and none of us will be carted off to jail, unless we decide to do something violent on the behalf of those opinions.
So today, let me give thanks for this freedom that we've somehow managed to maintain. But let me not be blind to the oppression that many still face.
For many of us, Independence Day is a day of cook-outs and fireworks. If we don't live in a place that has preserved colonial history, or if we live further west, Independence Day may seem a distant holiday. But this holiday week-end gives us a good reason to remember the high stakes that those signers of the Declaration of Independence faced. It's good to remember how much they valued the idea of freedom, even if they didn't extend those freedoms to all.
In this time after momentous Supreme Court decisions and actions by evil-minded people, it's good to think of freedoms and what freedoms still need to be won. I will spend some time thinking about all the female clergy in South Carolina who are getting vicious threats and hate mail. I will think about people who still don't have basic protections, like the right to work at a job without harassment. I will think of people still going to bed hungry, still out on the streets.
I will say a prayer for protection and for liberty from tyrannies of all sorts. Today and every day.
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