(RNS) — The basic principle we all celebrate on Independence Day, the consent of the governed, has long been broken in two by the color line.
(RNS) — How could the white colonists fight for freedom and remain numb to the possibility of liberty for the slaves? The question plagues us to this day.
(RNS) — Frederick Douglass’ July 5 speech in 1852 is a still relevant indictment of America’s habit of championing freedom while failing to measure up to democratic ideals on race.
(RNS) — As the border crisis boiled over last summer, I attended a Southern Baptist megachurch on Fourth of July weekend. I wanted to hear which would speak louder: Jesus or America.
(RNS) — Americans need to embrace a more mature and realistic patriotism, one that recognizes that everything is not perfect but that there is still something worth celebrating.
(RNS) — Religious conservatives need to realize that they are not the only ones who believe religious freedom is a sacred right. And progressives, whether religious or not, should not dismiss the entire concept.
(The Conversation) It inspired Frederick Douglass and has long served as an uplifting historical analogy for a variety of oppressed and subjugated groups, including African-Americans.
(RNS) A Dallas church choir and orchestra performed a number of patriotic songs and hymns at the 'Celebrate Freedom' concert, including the premiere of a new song, 'Make America Great Again.'
(RNS) Independence Day marks the 200th anniversary of the Eric Canal, the "psychic highway" that nourished the Mormons, the Adventists, spiritualism, a revived apocalypticism, the Oneida Community, the Amana Colony and the Shakers, among others.
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(RNS) Many Orthodox Jews will silence their TVs and avoid live music performances on July Fourth to commemorate a three-week mourning period for the Jerusalem Temple.
Everything about Logan Mehl-Laituri urges us to reconsider the tidy equation of religion and war, even down to his t-shirt, which reads, “God > U.S.” In his new book Reborn on the Fourth of July, the former U.S. soldier reflects on violence and the Christian conscience -- important ideas to chew on this Independence Day.