Reading Time: 4 minutes Happy 4th! You can't have fun though.
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Hi and welcome back! Today being the 4th of July, I thought I’d offer some past posts about freedom — and then some links our community has been talking about today. Happy 4th!

freedom and independence for all
(Ray Hennesy.) Fireworks over Lubec, Maine.


Freedom Observations.

Our commentariat brought their A game today and found these links.

Obschemie brought us a link to an 1852 speech by Frederick Douglass. It’s just incredible. In this speech, Douglass offers a serious indictment of Christianity for not only allowing slavery to flourish in the United States, but also maintaining and promoting it when it would have otherwise withered away as a practice. Here’s an excerpt:

The American church is guilty, when viewed in connection with what it is doing to uphold slavery; but it is superlatively guilty when viewed in connection with its ability to abolish slavery. The sin of which it is guilty is one of omission as well as of commission. Albert Barnes but uttered what the common sense of every man at all observant of the actual state of the case will receive as truth, when he declared that “There is no power out of the church that could sustain slavery an hour, if it were not sustained in it.”

Word. If freedom isn’t everybody’s, then it is not freedom.

HairyEyedWordBombThrower brought us a tweet of James Earl Jones reading that speech. It gave me serious chills. What an incredible read. I found the YouTube video it comes from if you want to see it in non-tweet format.

YouTube video

This pic came from Mark in Ohio:

Happy 4th! You can’t have fun though. Fun is right out.

“Makes me want to rush right over and do nothing,” said Judyt54, and I agree. A number of folks noted that the rules probably came into place thanks to some drunken twits wrecking things for everybody, and yeah, that’s probably what happened. I’m pretty sure that 99% of the rules in the Old Testament are the same way.

And this came from Wan Kun Sandy. It’s an actual colorized photo of the actual War of Independence:

The actual War of Independence (colorized).

And that does it for our Super Special today!

Have a safe and happy 4th, however you spend it.

NEXT UP: Lord Snow Presides! See you tomorrow.

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ROLL TO DISBELIEVE "Captain Cassidy" is Cassidy McGillicuddy, a Gen Xer and ex-Pentecostal. (The title is metaphorical.) She writes about the intersection of psychology, belief, popular culture, science,...

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