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1/30/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Hope faded away

During the inaugural, Julia Ward Howe's beautiful "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was sung by a wonderful choir. Tired of "John Brown's Body" as the marching song of the Civil War, keeping the tune, Howe penned the Battle Hymn. Catching on, it was sung at a Lincoln rally where, tears streaming, Lincoln cried out "sing it again." They did.

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord...I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps; they have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; ... He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat, ... sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat; ... In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me, as He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free, while God is marching on."

Powerful! Reassuring!

Presidents Obama and Clinton seemed awe-stricken, as if suddenly understanding the meaning. Hope arose in my heart.

But then Obama spoke, pushing division even more. And I recalled those many acts of hostility toward Christianity with preferential treatment for Islam.

2008: referenced Christians clinging to guns/Bibles.

2009: revoked conscience protection for health workers - had Jesus' name covered at Georgetown speech - declined hosting National Day of Prayer - nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to Vatican.

2010: Seven times omitted "the Creator" when quoting the Declaration - misquoted our Motto "In God We Trust" with E pluribus unum.

2011: refused to allow WWI memorial cross be re-erected - waited two years to fill important religious ambassador post - opposed FDR's D-Day Prayer in WWII Memorial - Repeatedly avoided religious reference in Thanksgiving speeches.

2012: Argued First Amendment provided no protection for churches/synagogues - forgave student loans for non-Christian public service.

Dozens of instances: military now discriminates against Christianity under this administration - 25 separate acts of hostility against Biblical values, all unprecedented in American history.

And my rising hope faded away.

Linda Athens

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Athens

“2008: referenced Christians clinging to guns/Bibles.”

Did not happen.

”2009: revoked conscience protection for health workers - had Jesus' name covered at Georgetown speech - declined hosting National Day of Prayer - nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to Vatican.”

Each point is inaccurate or blatantly untrue.

”2010: Seven times omitted "the Creator" when quoting the Declaration - misquoted our Motto "In God We Trust" with E pluribus unum.”

Creator omitted? Did not happen. E Pluribus Unum – Obama said, “"I believe that the history of both America and Indonesia should give us hope. It is a story written into our national mottos. In the United States, one motto is E pluribus unum — out of many, one.” In 1782, the U.S. Continental Congress proposed the use of E pluribus unum on the Great Seal of the United States as reference to the original thirteen American colonies' having joined together as a single entity. And Reagan said at a meeting of the National Forum of Education in 1983, “The motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, from many, one." Other presidents have also referenced E Pluribus Unum as our national motto.

2011: refused to allow WWI memorial cross be re-erected - waited two years to fill important religious ambassador post - opposed FDR's D-Day Prayer in WWII Memorial - Repeatedly avoided religious reference in Thanksgiving speeches.

Obama had nothing to with the cross decision. The Republicans refused to confirm Obama’s choice for ambassadors.

2012: Argued First Amendment provided no protection for churches/synagogues - forgave student loans for non-Christian public service.

Did no such thing regarding first amendment. or restricting student loan forgiveness.

The military does not discriminate against Christianity.

Your making up things does not make them true.


Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

I just want to thank you for all the great work you did in the last election and I hope and feel you will continue to do all you can to elect the next Democrat President in 2016. Thanks again


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