By the Reverend Dr. Warren Crews
Today we are using the special lessons for Independence Day. Given all that is going on in our country, it seems like something important for us to do. On this weekend it is traditional to recall all of the ideals our country was founded upon. Yet, this year we are being forced to look back at some of the things about our founding fathers that were not very ideal—like their accepting slavery and often owning slaves. They spoke often about liberty and justice for all — except for African slaves (whom the Constitution counted as only 3/5ths human beings) and Native Americans (whom they dismissed as mere savages). So, now there is a movement to remove all the statues, portraits, and names of buildings and streets honoring those involved in oppressing people of color. And, finally, this year most of our traditional parades and concerts have been cancelled because of the virus. This is one strange Fourth of July weekend!
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