Welcome to the Hail Columbia project.
Our mission is to distribute information and coordinate events throughout the United States to help re-affirm the idea set forth in our founding document: that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These words, the first sixteen words of the First Amendment to the Constitution, help to create the diverse society that gives rise to new ideas, accepts new cultures, and remains flexible in the face of an increasingly complicated world.
Or, at least that’s the idea. We all know that there are those who threaten this freedom by seeking to enshrine a specific religion or creed either through legislation or manipulation. Throughout our history, these groups have denied others the rights they claim for themselves. We hope that through civil action we can help to defend the wall of separation that Thomas Jefferson wrote of in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist association.
This letter was written to assure them that it was not the place of the government to establish or enforce a national religion. Who were they? A religious minority in Connecticut worried because their religious freedoms were seen as granted by their legislature rather than rights to be held in perpetuity.
Now, more than 200 years later, we will — through the Hail Columbia project — continue to make sure our elected officials recognize
and protect our religious liberty and freedom. To make sure that they don’t forget what our founding fathers and documents established for us. To make sure that our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is as valid and as protected as those of others.
We’re just getting started; our edges are a little rough. But, if you’d like to be involved, you can check out the other areas of our site. We’re currently seeking project coordinators in state and regional areas as well as blog contributors. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.