When we celebrate our nation’s independence, we always refer to the frredoms we have because of our founding father’s spirit of freedom. It was an ambitious dream that brought about our form of government. The dream of a people who desired a way of life which was rooted in the democratic republic of ancient Greece and Rome. However, we have forgotten that most of the ideas that brought forth that governmental form came from the Bible. For example the three branches of government came from Isaiah 33:22. When we look back at the founding fathers and their faith we can see the influence that faith had on governmental agencies and institutions. For many years, in North Carolina, anyone running for office was required to belong to a church and declare himself a christian. That, I’m sure, would never happen today. We’re too politically correct for that sort of thing. Above the Speaker of the House’s podium are the words In God we trust, and standing in the back of the House of Representatives is a relief of Moses holding a tablet of the laws of God, and is facing the Speaker. We enjoy our freedoms because our forefathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. the first amendment states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the frwee exercise thereof; or abridgeing the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievences. That means that any law passeds by Congress that restricts anyone from their God-given rights is unconstitutional. It is important for all Americans to know what their government is doing and how it affects them personally and as a body politic. When hate speech becomes speech that some group doesn’t like, that is unconstitututional. Noone has the right to be lifted up to a higher station than anyone else. And noone has the right to take away my right to speak my mind, on any subject. This right and every other right given us by our Creator, not our government, cannot be taken from us unless we allow it. Our government is unique in that we have that first amendment, let’s not allow it to be trashed by anyone.