By Bill Federer, staff writer
A graduate of Georgetown University, he was a Fulbright Scholar before becoming Governor of Arkansas and then America’s 42nd President.
In 1998, he became the 2nd president to be impeached by the U.S. House, charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.
His birth name was William Jefferson Blythe IV, born AUGUST 19, 1946. At age 15, he took his stepfather’s name Clinton.
On growing up, Bill Clinton addressed the National Prayer Breakfast, February 4, 1993:
“The first time I ever saw Billy Graham…he came in the 1950’s, in the heat of all our racial trouble, to Arkansas to have a crusade. And the white citizens council tried to get him, because of the tensions of the moment, to agree to segregate his crusade…He said, ‘If I have to do that, I’m not coming.’
And I remember I got a Sunday school teacher in my church-and I was about 11 years old-to take me 50 miles to Little Rock so I could hear a man preach who was trying to live by what he said. And then I remember, for a good while thereafter, trying to send a little bit of my allowance to the Billy Graham crusade because of the impression he made on me.”
President Bill Clinton, June 29, 1993, spoke regarding Independence Day:
“The Declaration of Independence…delineated the very idea of America, that individual rights are derived not from the generosity of the government, but from the hand of the Almighty.”
At an Interfaith Breakfast, President Bill Clinton remarked August 30, 1993:
“I bought a book on vacation called ‘The Culture of Disbelief’ by Stephen Carter, a professor…at the Yale Law School. He is himself a committed Christian, very dedicated to the religious freedoms of all people of faith, of any faith, in the United States.
And the subtitle of the book is ‘How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion.’ And I would urge you all to read it from whatever political as well as religious spectrum you have…
Sometimes I think the environment in which we operate is entirely too secular. The fact that we have freedom of religion doesn’t mean we need to try to have freedom from religion.
It doesn’t mean that those of us who have faith shouldn’t frankly admit that we are animated by the faith, that we try to live by it, and that it does affect what we feel, what we think, and what we do.”
President Clinton stated in a radio address, December 25, 1993:
“Today Christians celebrate God’s love for humanity made real in the birth of Christ in a manger almost 2,000 years ago. The humble circumstances of His birth, the example of His life, the power of His teachings inspire us to love and to care for our fellow men and women.”
Bill Clinton stated in his Hanukkah Message, December 20, 1997:
“From the days of the ancient Maccabees down to our present time, tyrants have sought to deny people the free expression of their faith and the right to live according to their own conscience and convictions.
Hanukkah symbolizes the heroic struggle of all who seek to defeat such oppression and the miracles that come to those full of faith and courage…
The coming year will mark the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel, where the story of the first Hanukkah took place so many centuries ago.”
At James Madison High School, July 12, 1995, President Bill Clinton stated:
“The First Amendment does not require students to leave their religion at the schoolhouse door…It is especially important that parents feel confident that their children can practice religion…We need to make it easier and more acceptable for people to express and to celebrate their faith.”
Bill Clinton continued:
“If students can wear T-shirts advertising sports teams, rock groups or politicians, they can also wear T-shirts that promote religion…Religion is too important to our history and our heritage for us to keep it out of our schools…Nothing in the First Amendment converts our public schools into religion-free zones or requires all religious expression to be left behind at the schoolhouse door.”
President Clinton concluded:
“Government’s schools also may not discriminate against private religious expression during the school day.”
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