“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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“If you fault Georgia for choosing to be morally correct over politically correct, then that says more of your personal agenda than the goal of our governor to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. You claim that the HB481 ‘Heartbeat Bill’ would make Georgia the most regressive state in the country; I couldn’t disagree more. Abortion is so 1973. Welcome to 2019, a time in which medical advances preserve the life of babies born as early as 21 weeks. In case you didn’t know, that’s three weeks earlier than what most states in the U.S. consider ‘viable’ in their abortion legislation.”

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“It’s often noted by people on the left that conservatives don’t understand systemic oppression because they think of everything as an individual case. They fail to accept the larger picture that all of those cases create. I agree with this. But the corollary is that sometimes people who are left of center can fall prey to only seeing the systemic and missing the individual. I’m certainly guilty of that.”

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We served. We fought. We brought our egos. We brought our personal agendas and vendettas. We were ruthless. And some of us, I assume, were good people.

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