At the feet of the Statue of Liberty are broken chains. They symbolize freedom. Physical freedom. Religious freedom. Economic freedom. Intellectual freedom. Freedom to reach for your greatest potential as a people, as a person, as a
Unfortunately, many Americans are no longer free. We are held captive by the invisible chains of ideologies that claim to free us from historical oppression. These ideologies of political correctness, atheism, affirmative action, multiculturalism, and a progressive education system have created a culture of victims tied ever more securely to the status of slavery. Whether the chains are culturally induced by such tyrannies as technology, sexuality, drugs and medicine, entitlements, body image, or shopping, or whether the fetters are put into place through government and bureaucratic powers, we have become enamored of victimhood, both nationally and personally. Let this Fourth of July be a call to dissolve the personal and political bands that hobble our freedoms.
July 4th is the birthday of America. It is also the birthday of Liberty Harbor Academy. Founded on the very image of Lady Liberty, whose original name was, fittingly, ‘Liberty Enlightening the World.’
Liberty Harbor Academy chose Liberty’s tiara as its symbol. Variously interpreted as representing the seven continents and the seven seas, we hold that the crown of seven spikes serves as a message of enlightenment just as the rays of the sun reach out to illuminate the world. Students at Liberty Harbor return to ancient sources from around the world. They return to the original texts on which America and Western Civilization are grounded. They learn to discriminate as they strive for the truth that shall set them free.
Liberty Harbor Academy, then, raises the lamp of freedom and enlightenment in education so that all graduates become selfconfident, self-actualized individuals possessing lifelong curiosity, creativity, magnanimity, and especially independence of thought. It is our firm belief that only thus can the “inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” be lived and experienced in a sustainable and just manner.
Only by finally breaking the chains of indoctrination and raising the torch or intellectual independence will we be able to shout with Martin Luther King, Jr., “Free at last! Free at Last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Happy Birthday Liberty Harbor Academy!
Happy Birthday United States of America!