WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR

July 12, 2021

 

FREEDOM CHOICES…

            Continuing this month on the many facets of freedom, and especially fascinating facts about the U.S Constitution, here’s a few things I don’t remember reading about when first being introduced to this document back in grammar school:

 

            It has 4440 words and is the oldest and the shortest written constitution of any government in the world.

 

            There exist written errors in the document, the most glaring being the misspelling of the word “Pensylvania” above the signers’ names

 

            Patrick Henry was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention but declined signing it because he “smelled a rat”. (Hm: review the rat.) The Constitution did not set forth requirements for the right to vote. As a result, at the outset of the Union, only male property-owners could vote. African Americans were not considered citizens even when born here, and women were excluded from the electoral process…not considered totally human. Later Amendments corrected these misjudgments.

 

            Reviewing these and other facts, make the document come alive. Nothing dull at all. I see instances where I strongly disagree with current interpretations and quick to applaud others. And I sometimes think many of us fail to fully appreciate that the freedom underlying our national principles does not give license to ride rough-shod over those who may hold differing opinions, such as those who may live a differing lifestyle, or who may be of different ethnic heritage. In fact, in order to live a life of freedom requires one to be more willing to express and accept differences with more patience and understanding. Freedom requires a willingness to listen intently.

 

            May clear-headedness be one of your personal freedom tracks along with refusing to participate, even in silence, conversations bearing unkind or derogatory comments about others.

In Joy,

 

                        Rev. Pat