Independence Day is an important day in the United States.

In 1776, the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies were no longer a part of the British Empire and would be recognized as a new nation — thus asserting independence from British rule. This action led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution over a decade later.

But for years, the rights our independent nation promised only applied to certain people.

Black Americans, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, and many other communities didn't get to experience the same freedoms. Instead, to varying degrees, they experienced persecution.

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On July 26, 2017, President Trump tweeted this:

The tweet linked to a video on Instagram taken at the president's recent rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where he relayed the same message to supporters.

Except ... the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to practice whatever religion they choose to practice and worship whichever God they choose — and that includes no religion or no God at all.

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It's been four days since a group of armed men took over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Jan. 2, 2016.

Ammon Bundy, leader of the armed occupiers at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by George Frey/Getty Images News.

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