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Editor’s note: Tuesday, March 23, marks the 246th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famed “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” speech to the Second Virginia Revolutionary Convention, which met at St. John’s Church in Richmond. We share this excerpt:

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Even amid a mass vaccine distribution effort, religious communities will continue to wrestle with the pandemic’s impact on in-person worship.

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The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, plans a national meeting in June after canceling it in 2020 due to COVID-19. A new SBC president will be elected at the meeting.

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Display famous words from the Declaration of Independence on galvanized tubs. Coat three tubs with white metal primer. Then paint each tub a different shade of blue. (Buy deep blue exterior paint and dilute with white exterior paint to get the two lighter hues). Use letter stickers to spell “life,” “liberty” and “happiness” on the tubs. Fill with ice to hold drinks or frozen treats, or use without ice to hold sparklers for some Fourth of July fun.

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The First Amendment to our Constitution was proposed by the 1788 Virginia ratification convention during its narrow 89 to 79 vote to ratify the Constitution. Virginia’s resolution held that the free exercise of religion, right to assembly and free speech could not be canceled, abridged or restrained. These Madisonian principles were eventually ratified by the states on March 1, 1792.

Patriots, Virginians, Americans, on January 18, 2016, myself along with other members of the Virginia Chapter of "Oath Keepers" traveled to Richmond to participate in what is referred to as "Lobby Day". It is time set aside each year for citizens to lobby their senators and delegates with concerns they may have on items of interest. This session was dominated by gun control measures both for and against. Our focus was on measures to protect and preserve the rights afforded to all by the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

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Fresh on the heels of the Phil’s closing announcement, rumors are swirling that there could be two locations in the restaurant’s future.

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