UNIV 2011 4th of July

4th of July and Freedom

When 4th of July comes, there come to mind concepts like freedom and independence.  But what really is FREEDOM?  Are those nations that declare themselves true democracies truly free?  What about judicial systems and national laws that stifle true personal freedoms and go against such basic human rights as right to life and religious freedom?

Cuando venga la fecha 4 de julio ―que es muy importante para la zona norteamericana―, vienen a la mente los conceptos de ‘libertad e independencia’.  Pero parece que aun las naciones ‘más libres’, más ‘democráticas’ carecen de la verdadera libertad: las cortes y los sistemas judiciales legislan contra la vida, p.ej., como hemos visto en España y en EE.UU., entre otras naciones.


I strongly suggest that students doing UNIV tackle the topic:

Querría sugerir que los universitari@s aborden el tema:

“Anti-Life Courts and Laws: Freedom? or License?”

La ley pro-muerte: libertad? or libertinaje?


The links that follow are just a few of the many references you can have on this very important issue…

Los enlaces que siguen son solamente una pequeña muestra de la bibliografía que se puede encontrar acerca de este tema importantísimo…

United States:







I would likewise highly recommend the sources found on this link:

Recomendaría, como recurso principal, los enlaces que encontraréis aquí:




UNIV 2011 Freedom

Some blogs or sites on ‘FREEDOM’ that I’ve found:

Allow me to share here the blog on ‘FREEDOM’ of Father Luis Tamayo (Spain):

Some of the noteworthy statements said, that are worth highlighting are:

*St Paul reminds us “Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” What the following of Christ offers to us is this – freedom. Whoever follows Christ becomes free to be who they are, to be fully human.

Each human being has been given the gift of freedom, a freedom to love others, to help, to serve. What do we use our freedom for?


Para los hispanoparlantes: aquí tenéis un artículo sobre ‘Libertad’, por Maribel Sánchez, que nuestro amigo Adolfo Pérez de Arellano nos comparte en una nota en Face:

Hablando de Libertad


Please also read this wonderful paper on


by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.


Some suggestions for “Freedom as Music Theme”:

With the King of Pop’s first death anniversary just over, I couldn’t help thinking of the possible UNIV 2011 Paper Topics related to “Freedom in Music & Poetry”.  Perhaps we can do a CONTENT ANALYSIS of the songs which have FREEDOM as their theme.  Here are some recommended sites:

(1) Freedom songs and lyrics.

(2) “Born Free”, Matt Monro.

(3) FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa Official Theme Song.


Ooooooh Wooooooh

Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, take me higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets are, exaliftin , as we lose our inhabition,
Celebration its around us, every nation, all around us

Singin forever young, singin songs underneath that sun
Lets rejoice in the beautiful game.
And together at the end of the day.


When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes

YouTube video: Official FIFA 2010 World Cup Theme Song


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