Today is Independence Day in America, the National Holiday. Like all great nations, America has committed great wrongs. Some of those wrongs, religion justified. Yet no country has been more generous to the victims of religious oppression. For centuries, America has welcomed people fleeing religious-based discrimination at home, including some of my own relatives; welcomed them, not as permanent minority communities whom it would tolerate if they kept their heads down, but as equal citizens and members of the American family. In this, America really has been what its Framers intended, Novus Ordo Seclorum, a New Order of the Ages. Happy Independence Day. God Bless America.

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