There is nothing more cowardly within the human spirit then to betray and then deny your own existence for the sake of political expediency, and that’s exactly what Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake has done in betraying the very existence of America by deciding not to celebrate the birth of our nation, because it may offend Muslims.

Perhaps the good Ambassador should remind those in Jakarta or better yet ‘HIMSELF” that he represents America, and in so doing, its history and its principles.

Perhaps the good Ambassador needs to be reminded that Independence Day Celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

Fast forward and here we are today, with an American Ambassador afraid to acknowledge America’s independence because it might conflict with the Islamic month-long Ramadan celebration.

For those unaware, Ramadan is a celebration that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During the month-long festivities, Muslims abstain from consuming anything (i.e. food, drink) during the daylight hours as a “time to purify the soul."

So why the conflict and why does Ambassador Blake feel compelled to cancel America’s Independence Day Celebration?   Officially, embassies are the national territory of the country being represented, not of the host country. So there is no need to accommodate local sensibilities in celebrating our most sacred national holiday.

However there’s a much larger issue then simply the canceling of a holiday, to the very ideals of what America stands for, and what better places to teach those ideals to moderate Muslims then at an American embassy.

However the canceling of July 4th may not reside in Jakarta after-all, but perhaps lot closer to home, perhaps at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

h/t: Mad World News



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