Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Are All Men Really Created Equal?

It was 235 years ago that the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence; a document that literally changed the world. In this world-changing literary work they stated that, "all men are created equal." This assertion was immediately challenged by the issue of slavery. It wasn't until 1863 that Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that slaves were freed. Nearly a century later, civil rights for those of the African-American race were still up for debate. 
The phrase, "all men are created equal" had immense meaning for African slaves brought to the US and their descendants. The issue of racial friction has always been associated with said phrase in the Declaration of Independence. Today, Americans face a different kind of equality. 
Religious freedom was one of, if not, the main reason why colonists decided to come to America in the first place. In the upcoming election, religion has become the main topic of discussion. The question of whether or not a candidate will be a good president has now become dependent upon their religious affiliation. The opportunity we, as Americans have, to worship freely is a right that anyone of us would fight to keep if it were necessary. Is it right for other candidates and the media to judge a potential candidate's ability to be president based on their religious affiliation? 

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