Saladin Citadel of Cairo, 8 Nov. 2010

My neighbor is worried about Sharia law being becoming part of our government’s laws in the United States. Sharia, in its myriad versions, is a code of conduct for Muslims, like the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments. Religious guidelines have various rules, and none of them should be legislated under our form of government.

In the United States, our Constitution protects us from individual religious guidelines, and the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”, we can each follow the guidance of our own faith regardless of the views of others, including those in government. As an Episcopalian, I live in peace with my Jewish, Baptist and Catholic neighbors. Or we can disavow all religion entirely.  That is our right as citizens of the United States of America.

The threat we face is not from Sharia law, but from other forms of religious law.  We have an Education Secretary who wants to use government funds for religious schools, just like the Taliban, and we have state and federal elected officials who want to use their own religious beliefs to deny women the right to decide what happens to their own bodies. I am as repulsed by this as my neighbor is about legislating Sharia law.  It is the same thing.



Patriot Ancestor Spinning in His Grave



Alarm bells called the citizens to this green April 20, 1775 to learn of the battle at Lexington.  There was indecision until 1st Lt. Stacy stepped forward and said “Fellow soldiers, I don’t know how it is with you, but for me I will no longer serve a king that murders my own countrymen.”  Pulling out his commission from the crown he tore it to bits and trod it underfoot.  Amid wild cheers a militia company of patriots was formed and under the gallant Stacy as Captain marched off to Cambridge.  May such patriotism ever be with us. *

Colonel Stacy fought valiantly in the American Revolutionary War, including in the Battle of Bunker Hill.  He was captured later and held as a prisoner.  He didn’t sit out the war due to heel spurs.  He fought alongside his countrymen so that future generations would be free from tyranny.

Colonel William Edward Stacy was my sixth great grandfather.

After the war, he was among the first settlers in Ohio Country.  He’s buried at Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio.

And now, almost two and a half centuries later, a foreign government appears to be causing great damage to the very foundation of this great nation.  Trump claimed before November that the election was rigged and he was right:  it was rigged by the Russian government.  As you may recall, Trump requested Russia hack Secretary of State Clinton’s emails during a nationally televised debate.  Russia complied with that request and more.  And has President Trump done anything to prevent this in the future?  No!  He patted Putin on the back last week.

Both President Trump’s Campaign Manager, Paul Manafort, and National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, are registered as foreign agents. We learn of additional pre-election meetings between the Trump campaign officials – including members of his own family – and Russian operatives almost every day.

My Patriot ancestor is spinning in his grave, not only at Trump and his comrades, but at our United States Senators and Representatives who choose to look the other way.

Colonel Stacy and all our Revolutionary War Patriots deserve a great deal more of us than this.

*A memorial plaque dedicated to Colonel Stacy in 1956 on the village common of New Salem.