Not just that I was born here. Being an American carries a larger meaning than the simple accident of birth.
I am an American, because I believe in the principles and vision of the people who did the work in our early days. From the grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence, to the hopes expressed in the Preamble to our Constitution, and the ethics behind the Bill of Rights, wanting to work on creating a more perfect Union is what makes any of us American.
Of the many grievances listed in the Declaration, most have to do with unjust laws, and the failure to make appropriate laws, and to take seriously the voices of the people.
The vision of justice and religious freedom currently needs rescuing.
“In order to establish justice” in the Preamble, along with Article VI “no religious test shall ever be required,” and the First Amendment calling for “no establishment of a religion.” These are all betrayed by the movement to install judges of a particular viewpoint.
There can be no justice when “religious freedom” actually denies freedom to others.
Banning marriage between gay persons has no value outside of a religious context. Allowing employers to treat gay persons as not created equally is an injustice to them, and foolish to our economy.
Please support the freedoms of our founders.