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So over there at my old stomping grounds at CNN, my own former Pennsylvania United States Senator Rick Santorum and my former CNN colleague Don Lemon got into a dust-up.
To be clear, I know and like them both, and yes, have voted for Rick every time he was on the ballot. And yes, I bought Don’s recent book This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism. and am reading currently.
I should begin with a recounting of exactly what took place.
Speaking to the Standing Up for Faith and Freedom conference, this was what drew attention. Said Rick:
“We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.
It was born of the people who came here pursuing religious liberty to practice their faith, to live as they ought to live and have the freedom to do so. Religious liberty. Those are the two bulwarks of America. Faith and freedom.”
Most nations, he said, “changed over time,” but America had not from the time Europeans came here and built the country “from nothing.”