The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America grants freedom of worship, speech & press; the right to petition the government & to assemble peaceably. Specifically with regard to "religion" it states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Many on the left have tried for at least 50 years to re-write history with regard to "separation of church and state" and to downgrade the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. This quote should satisfy both questions: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports ... and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington, Farewell Speech, 9/17/1796 (from "Being George Washington"). The Liberty Institute lists the many & varied current activities to attempt to eliminate Religious Freedom in America. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participating in religion. “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” an author of the study said.

Labor Day is a Celebration of Work

from The Gray Area:

We work for 3 reasons.

There are threats to our American view of work, Socialism, Communism, & Marxism. These are innately problematic to free work. But, aren't we supposed to share everything as Jesus did? Subsidiarity, small communities are meant to work together. But a large group or government is never supposed to control work. A government could never equitably redistribute work and resources fairly and completely. Good needs to be done by choice, not by force. In these systems everyone is brought down and suffers equally. You lose your reasons for work. Thus the sources of wealth would run dry.

The poor who are perpetually given food to eat robs them of their dignity.

Capitalism is a useful tool, but if we are not careful a free market can turn into a god of its own, a system that promotes the destruction of jobs. Overall, this systems allows people to take responsibility in their lives and to exercise their own creativity.

Maintaining a moral and ethical society is critical in any system.

Labor lifts us up.

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