Happy Independence Day!

For all our American readers, a happy Independence Day to all of you. I thank God for the right to the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. Even though there are many, even many Americans, that would take away our rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights – freedom of speech, religion, the right to bear arms, and so forth – they still stand. Even the freedom to write this blog entry, which touches upon the freedom of speech and religion, is not provided in all countries. In some countries even praying the prayer below (from the Book of Common Prayer) would be a crime.

Lord God Almighty,
in whose Name the founders of this
country won liberty for themselves
and for us, and lit the
torch of freedom for nations then unborn:
Grant we beseech thee,
that we and all the people of this land
may have grace to maintain
our liberties in righteousness and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.