“There are some principles worth fighting for & worth dying for”

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I am one of those who believe there are some principles worth fighting for & worth dying for” -U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall

 The morning of December 7, 1941, Rev. Peter Marshall addressed the midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, class of ’42. 

At the last minute, he set aside his prepared remarks and preach a prophetic message, “Go Down, Death.” 

Within an hour after he finished, news of Imperial Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor spread across the nation. 

Peter Marshall stated: 

“I am one of those who believe that there are some principles worth fighting for and worth dying for if need be.”

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All that is necessary for evil to triumph

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“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” –Edmund Burke, on the French Revolution

 Edmund Burke is considered the most influential orator in the British House of Commons in the 18th century.

Born January 12, 1729, one of his first notable writings was an anonymous publication A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, which was a satirical criticism of the deism promoted by Lord Bolingbroke:

“Seeing every mode of religion attacked in a lively manner, and the foundation of every virtue, and of all government, sapped with great art and much ingenuity …  the same engines which were employed for the destruction of religion, might be employed with equal success for the subversion of government.”

Burke criticized how a deist “every day invents some new artificial rule.” 

He described the “unalterable relations which Providence has ordained that everything should bear to every other. These relations, which are truth itself, the foundation of virtue, and consequently, the only measures of happiness.”

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Women of the Revolution

Most of us have heard of and remember Paul Revere, Joh Paul Jones and of course George Washington. All hero’s of the American Revolution, but how many women of that same conflict can you name? 

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Women of the Revolution

 Courageous women have always played a vital role in American history.

Addressing the Daughters of the American Revolution, April 19, 1926, President Calvin Coolidge stated:

"The importance of women in the working out the destiny of mankind ... As there were fathers in our Republic so there were mothers ...

By their abiding faith they inspired and encouraged the men; by their sacrifice they performed their part in the struggle out of which came our country …

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First Things First: Religious Freedom!

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First Things First: Religious Freedom! Who influenced Jefferson’s views on Separation of Church & State

On JANUARY 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, delivered a giant block of cheese weighing 1,235 lbs. to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland.

 

 

On the block of cheese, they put Jefferson’s motto, which was also on his personal seal: “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

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The Death of George Washington …

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The Death of George Washington … and the warning he left that echoed through the centuries!

He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning it developed into “acute laryngitis” and the doctors were called in….

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Less We Forget – WWII Battle of the Bulge during freezing winter 1944-45

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WWII Battle of the Bulge during freezing winter 1944

“I call upon every man of all the Allies, to rise now to new heights of courage … We will, with God’s help, go forward to our greatest victory” – -Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe

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Christmas Truce of 1914

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Christmas Truce of 1914 & selected Presidential Christmas Greetings “So CHRISTMAS becomes the only holiday in all the year…”-FDR –

When the First World War began, British women suffragists sent an Open Christmas Letter “To the Women of Germany and Austria” imploring peace as the first Christmas of the war approached.

Pope Benedict XV, December 7, 1914, begged for a truce, asking: 
“that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang.”
These requests were officially rebuffed…

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Rasputin “The Holy Devil”-Bolshevik Revolution & Socialist Russia

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Rasputin “The Holy Devil”-Bolshevik Revolution & Socialist Russia

Rasputin, described as “The Holy Devil,” moved to St. Petersburg in 1906 and began to gain access to the royal family of Tsar Nicholas II.
Posing as a mystic, Rasputin was known for strange prophecies, claims of superstitious healing powers, and sexual excesses.
As the Tsar and his family came under Rasputin’s spell, the monarch’s credibility suffered, his authority was undermined, and public distrust spread.
At this time, Tsar Nicholas escalated his father’s policy of restricting Jews and implementing a full anti-Jewish “pogrom” of cruel persecution…
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What led to the Emancipation Proclamation & the 13th Amendment?

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During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the pro-slavery Democratic South wanted to count slaves so as to have a higher population so that they could have more representatives in Congress and more Presidential electoral votes, so they could expand slavery….

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Thanksgiving Proclamations

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Thanksgiving Proclamations: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, Roosevelt, & more –

During the days of America’s founding, colonies would declare:
  • days of prayer when times were bad;
  • days of fasting when times were real bad; and
  • days of thanksgiving when things turned around.

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