…America is less a place than an idea… It is nothing but the inherent love of freedom in each one of us… It is simply the idea—the basis of this country and of our religion—the idea of the dignity of man, the idea that deep within the heart of each one of us is something so God-like and precious that no individual or group has a right to impose his or its will upon the people, that no group can decide for the people what is good for the people so well as they can decide for themselves.
—Ronald Reagan, Commencement Address at William Woods College, 2 June 1952
[14:00] …We need to understand as individuals—as Americans—that freedom only exists within a framework of values…and that values only exist within the context of a religious structure and that comes from a true faith in Christ. We see it every day around the world as we try to establish…democracies in places where there’s not a faith in Christ, it becomes very, very difficult for people to control themselves and to live in a free society. Because they’re so used to being controlled from the outside by dictators and police force and armies, they’re not prepared to live free because they don’t have those inner constraints.…
[19:11] …If we allow faith and the freedom of our religion to be purged not just from our private lives but from our public lives we’ve taken away the underpinnings of freedom itself in this country.
—Congressman Jim DeMint, Chapel message, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, 22 April 2004
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