There is an old gag that asks, “Do they have a 4th of July in England?” The answer is, “Absolutely, but they do not celebrate it as a national holiday!”

As you know, the 4th of July commemorates the signing of our Declaration of Independence in 1776, when we as a nation declared our independence from the mother country, England.

But I want to draw your attention to the second paragraph: “WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—”

Our founding fathers were convinced that there were certain rights, unalienable rights—undeniable rights that are God given. These rights are given to us, not by the state, but by God, therefore the government, or the state, has not right to take them from us.

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.