Family Research Council

Fourth of July


By Tony Perkins
July 04, 2013

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Ronald Reagan said it best: "If we forget what we did, we will forget who we are." Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Are your children being taught about the First Continental Congress? That's the gathering of our forefathers who met in Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia in 1774. They met, they said, to protect their "civil and religious liberties" from British oppression. When one delegate called Congress to unite in prayer, some objected. We're too diverse, they said. But Sam Adams, a bold Christian patriot, replied: "I can hear the prayer of any man of piety and virtue who is a friend to his country." Our First Continental Congress began its great work on their knees, united in prayer, united in their love of liberty. Have we grown too proud to pray? I hope not. This July 4th, more than any, America needs it. Join me in lifting up our nation, remembering the words of Thomas Jefferson, that "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time."

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