Good morning to everyone. Another beautiful day lies ahead of us here in the Niles, Illinois area. So much for me to do today...and only a short time to do it in. I wish that I could tack on another 24 hours to each day!
Well, today's blog is an important one for me. It was spurred by a comment someone made about religious freedom. I am confused as to why it seems right for all topics to be justified as okay if the person sees fit, yet lately the freedom for religious belief has been scrutinized? It is an Amendment in this country. I don't understand how all the laws that made this country what it is...can be broken at will? I think that whatever your belief is....is exactly that! I believe that this country has set a precedence with it's laws that you are allowed to pray to whomever you choose. I recently went to a Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois. I walked the Mandir to open myself up to other religions and practices...and during the religious prayers...I did not see anything wrong with their practice of faith...and stayed as an onlooker. I did not try to disturb or interrupt their way of worship...and did not feel compelled in any shape or form to participate. I did not feel any pressure to conform whatsoever. I am solid in my own faith and the way that I practice my religion.
I had to stop and think about how it doesn't seem to bother anyone to walk around...and on television...to wear jewelry or shirts that proclaim that they are an ATHEIST. I have never once in my life walked up to greet someone and thought "I wonder what God they believe in or whether they believe in a God at all!"
It seems that today, in America...EVERY Freedom is being tested! The Constitution test is grammar school requirements to pass 8th grade.
It is written in 1779 by Thomas Jefferson, proclaimed:
Those sentiments also found expression in the First Ammendment of the national constitution, part of the United States' Bill of Rights:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
It seems that there are many in this country who are continuously trying to make mountains out of molehills. If I walk into a nudist colony...and I am told to remove my clothing...I have 2 choices...remove my clothes or leave...if that is what they want. No pressure...just choices. If you choose not to pray in a particular situation where others are praying, tune it out, sing Old MacDonald had a farm in your head, or pray to who ever it is you pray to. NO ONE is stopping you.
When I think back on one of the most horrific days here in America...9.11...I think of how important religion was to so many that day. More prayers were heard around this country for those killed, for those left behind. We are one nation under GOD folks!
"In God we trust" first appeared on US coins in 1864 and has appeared on our paper currency since 1957. Seems like everyone likes getting the American dollar. I know there are those who have fought through the years to even have that removed...and they did for a brief time in history...but the outcry from the people made them bring it back and even restamp it on all the coins that did not bear those words. Perhaps people had more faith in their country...and their God to fight for it! I am not sure what the problem with religion really is...but all I know is that if you want the rights that America has to offer...then accept them all...it is not an option to pick and choose which ones suit you the best! This is my OPINION....which the constitution says I am allowed to have!