Tomorrow, April the 16th is a very special day in the United States. It is an official holiday in the District of Columbia. This year it is celebrated a day earlier, today, which has consequently extended the federal income tax filing deadline until Monday the 18th.
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the “Compensated Emancipation Act” to free certain class of slaves in the District of Columbia. Nine months later he issued his Emancipation Proclamation covering the entire country.
Emancipation day is celebrated on various days in other countries, mostly British colonies in the Caribbean.
Lincoln’s “Emancipation Act”, aside the fabulous Constitution of the United States, has had the most positive effect on the country, paving the way for her to become the beacon of freedom to huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
It has also prepared the needed atmosphere conducive for all to believe in whatever deity they choose and do so without the fear of state. This has in turn allowed the full blossoming of all sorts of religions including the Abrahamic ones.
Lets hope one day, one day very soon, the enslaved Iranians too will be celebrating an Emancipation Day, marking the end of Islamists’ brutal tyranny and birth of democracy.
Lets hope one day soon, shoulder to shoulder with her historical ally Israel, Iran will take her rightful place as the lighthouse of freedom in the sea of tyranny in the middle East.