“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”

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“There are dishonest people in any business. Boxing, automobiles, journalism. A good leader weeds them out, not just for the customers, but for the industry as a whole. I think of the dedicated reporters and producers who miss special family moments when news breaks, or wide-eyed interns inspired by “All the President’s Men.” Hoaxes, sloppiness and partisan hitjobs damage them, too. For this reason, calling the “fake news” elements in media the “enemy of the people” always left me queasy. I’d think of the many fine journalists I worked with who get lumped in with the fakes by people uninterested in distinctions. (Certainly I heard this when I worked at Fox.) If you’ve ever had collective guilt applied to your religion, region, race or career, you know the feeling.”

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“The best metaphor I know is that of a flower blooming — of nature’s Epiphany — an image I know Caryll Houselander was fond of. I think it was Houselander who said, “Whatever is loving in man and whatever is lovable in man is Christ in man.” I take this to mean that the more love and the less lust in us, the more we cease to obscure Christ and instead reveal Him, in whose image we are made.
I don’t mean to suggest it’s been easy, just simple: Our Lord endured worse than any of us and promised us that we have to take up a heavy cross each day.”

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“I count myself a rationalist and a skeptic, and I find myself constantly defending Christians and Christianity…All the things that we value, the right of free speech, the right of the individual conscience, these evolved in first and second century Roman Christendom, where the individual Christian said, ‘I have a right to believe, what I believe and not what the Emperor tells me.’ From that our whole idea of democracy and the equality that we have has developed…We owe Christianity the greatest debt of thanks that a generation can ever have and to slight it and to dismiss it as being irrelevant is the detritus of rather ill read minds, I think.”

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“In the Oval Office with President Trump today. The President announced a series of important religious freedom measures in a small event in the Oval Office. I had the privilege of being there. If you want a more complete legal description please visit the Alliance Defending Freedom page. His actions were all in line with clear Supreme Court precedent. 1. In public schools: Prayer, religious speech, and groups—when student initiated—are protected by the First Amendment. 2. The federal government cannot discriminate against religious individuals or organizations in the provision of funds or services. 3. States must obey the same rule in programs which receive federal funds. These are all important—especially number 3. But I want to comment here about my observation of President Trump. He was patient and kind with the students who were there to tell their stories. His over the top persona was on display but there was a genuineness about him that is not easily conveyed on tv. At times he was very funny. But the main thing I want to mention is the behavior of the press corps. I was less than five feet from about 40 journalists and only 15-20 feet from the President. It was like a pack of ill mannered jackals. A former ADF student client was right behind the president, he told me that their eyes and demeanor were terrifying. The president was far more controlled and calm than I would ever be able to muster under similar circumstances. This is the only time I have seen the president in this kind of setting. And so my analysis cannot be comprehensive. But on this one occasion, I saw a man behave with far more grace than was merited. That’s presidential.”

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