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The Declaration of Independence, established by Congress July 4, 1776, is considered by many to be the philosophical foundation of American freedom. It is a beacon of hope for many people.

To quote a few lines:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness- That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

All men are created equal.

“Race is a social concept, not a scientific one,” said Dr. J. Craig Venter, head of the Celera Genomics Corp. in Rockville, Md. Venter and scientists at the National Institute of Health were announcing their work on the human genome in 2000, and made this unanimous declaration, “There is only one race-The Human Race.” The basic science behind our skin color is simply mixtures of colors and variations depending on our genetic make-up. The difference in melanin between a dark and fair skinned person is a mere 0.02 percent, making humans so much more similar than different. To focus on skin color with the intent to lower or elevate social status, importance or intelligence lacks any scientific backing and movements such as Black Lives Matter or Critical Race Theory just fall short. People all over this world have endured injustice, no matter the color of their skin.

All men (obviously including women) are created. Created by whom? Let the Bible speak. Genesis 1:26, 27 states: “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God created us, male, and female. From the womb we are male or female.

What God created cannot be uncreated. If He created you as a girl, that DNA is yours forever. You can change your looks, add body parts, or take them away, but deep in your soul, mind and spirit, you are a girl. To mess with God’s creation is to bring havoc upon oneself. Consider the data:

• A study in Sweden extending over 30 years documents that ten to fifteen years after sex-reassignment, the suicide rate rose to 20 times that of comparable peers.

• An analysis involving close to 2.4 million heterosexual and LGBTQ youth ages 12-20 from 10 countries concluded that LGBTQ youth were 3.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

Are these statistics because of the conflict within the person or persecution from without? Perhaps a bit of both. Anytime we humans veer away from truth we subject ourselves to feelings of shame and guilt. We then have 2 choices: cover up the pain and deny its existence or repent and turn to God.

When God created humans, it was very good, but humans chose to rebel and that is what makes this world difficult. Our rebellion must be restrained and that is why we have laws to protect ourselves and others. With no stop lights, we would all go first, and chaos would ensue. With no laws against murder or stealing, we would be tempted to kill those we hated or steal what we think we deserve. The basis of our laws is largely forged from the Bible, more specifically the Ten Commandments.

What God created was very good. What this nation, America was founded on; godly principles established by godly men, was good. The America I see now is in chaos. Many have taken truths established by the Creator of this world and twisted them to justify their rebellion against Him, and all are expected to support their lifestyles. We all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as given by God and maintained by His authority. True liberty comes with freedom from rebellion.

To quote Benjamin Franklin,

“A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

On this 4th of July, I stand for the laws God gave us in His word, the Bible. I stand for the America established in 1776. I stand for one nation, under God.

Tatjana Horton

Hamilton

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