‘Day of Declaration’ mixes patriotism, faith

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM.

One came from the Florida Constitution, the first paragraph of which states that the delegates, “Being grateful to Almighty God” for the inalienable rights and liberties, a passage nearly identical to the U.S. Constitution.

The other written passage comes from the Bible and Psalms 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

The two, Wiley said, combine to demonstrate the link between faith and the rights and liberties enjoyed by citizens of the United States. That is why the “Day of Declaration” is also about patriotism while celebrating faith.

“I don’t think you can truly be patriotic without faith,” Wiley said. “And if you are of faith, you have to be patriotic. If we remove faith from our society, we don’t have a country.”

Wiley said his idea for a day to celebrate faith and country sprang from an event he observed in Orlando last year, a day in which people of faith gathered to help the homeless of the city.

He took the concept, once he had it formulated, to Mayor Mel Magidson – who will also speak during the event – and to the local Ministerial Association.

“Everywhere I went, people said, ‘Yeah, I identify with that,’” Wiley said.

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