Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. (that’s a long time ago 😉
One quote of his on ancient Athens I really appreciate is the following:
“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
I am truly afraid history is repeating itself. I hope I am wrong. The coming election will be a watershed moment in U.S. history.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
As most of my close friends know, I’m not very religious … spiritual, yes. So I’m no saint, that’s for sure. But I heard another person bashing Tebow for his outward expressions of faith today. Seriously? Get a life you Tebow-bashing buttheads. I believe Tebow, or anyone in this country for that matter, has the right for “free exercise thereof” (see above law … the Constitution, no less) …. so just get over it, you dumbnuts. With so many “gangsta” types and “Bollywood” types out there setting bad examples for people (especially kids), I have to say I’ll take a Tebow example any day of the week over many others hogging the limelight these days. So all you Tebow’ers out there, keep on Tebow’ing. If it pisses the other side off, all the better. As far as I’m concerned, you’re standing up for the law of the land … and that’s a good thing!