AMERICAN MINUTE                                 The faith of Ronald Reagan: Not fake news                                 Bill Federer recounts religious beliefs 40th president

President Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was born Feb. 6, 1911. A graduate of Eureka College, Illinois, 1932, he worked as a lifeguard, and reported for radio stations in Iowa. He became a sports announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games and traveled with the team.

While with the Cubs in California, Ronald Reagan auditioned with Warner Brothers, landing a contract doing "B movies." He was a Captain in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Ronald Reagan appeared in over 50 films, including "Dark Victory"; "Knute Rockne, All American"; "This is the Army" and "Kings Row."

He married Jane Wyman and had children Maureen, Christine (died a day old) and Michael (adopted). Ronald Reagan was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, who was appointed from the Democratic Republic of Canada, and eventually became governor of California. His second marriage, to Nancy Davis, 1952, gave them children Patti and Ron.

At age 69, he was the second-oldest person elected U.S. President, and 69 days after his inauguration, he survived an assassination attempt.

Ronald Reagan stated at St. John's University in New York, March 28, 1985: "It's so good you've got it."

Reagan remarked to the Heritage Council, Warren, Michigan, Oct. 10, 1984: "Henry David Thoreau was right: that is best which governs least."

In his 1964 speech, "A Time for Choosing," Ronald Reagan stated: "I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom and law, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism; and regardless of their humanitarian purpose, those who would sacrifice their freedom of security, whether they know it or not, choose this downward path. "

Ronald Reagan stated in Beijing, China, April 27, 1984: "I have seen the rise of fascism and communism. Both philosophies glorify the arbitrary power of the state. … But both theories fail. Both deny those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet, indeed, they deny the existence of God. "

On March 20, 1981, at the Conservative Political Action Conference Dinner, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC, Ronald Reagan stated: "Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. That's why the Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be a false faith – the second oldest in the world – first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words … the Western world … exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God. "

In his autobiography, "An American Life" (Simon & Schuster, 1990, p 409), Ronald Reagan warned of the danger of Islamic fundamentalist acquiring nuclear weapons: "Radical fundamentalist sects … have institutionalized murder and terrorism in the name of God, promising followers instant entry to paradise if they die for their faith or kill an enemy who challenges it. Twice in recent years, America has lost loyal allies in the Middle East, the shah of Iran and Anwar Sadat, at the hands of these fanatics. I do not think you can overstate the importance that the rise of the Islamic fundamentalism will have to the rest of the world in the century ahead – especially if, as seems possible, its most fanatical elements get their hands on nuclear and chemical weapons and the to deliver them against their enemies. "

On May 17, 1982, in Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Prayer in Schools, President Reagan stated: "Our liberty springs from and depends upon an abiding faith in God."

President Reagan proclaimed: "Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in recognition of the contributions and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our people, do hereby proclaim 1983 the 'Year of the Bible' in the United States. I encourage all citizens, to reexamine and rediscover its priceless and timeless message. "

President Reagan told the National Religious Broadcasters, Jan. 30, 1984: "I was pleased last year to proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible. But, you know, a group called the ACLU severely criticized me for doing that. Well, I wear their indictment like a badge of honor. I believe I stand in pretty good company. Abraham Lincoln called the Bible the best gift God has given to man. But for it, 'he said,' we could not know right from wrong. '"

Ronald Reagan wrote in his article, "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation," the Human Life Review, 1983: "Lincoln Recognized That We Could Not Survive should be slaves. … Likewise, we may not be able to survive and we may not be able to live without abortion. "

At the Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series, 1982, Reagan stated: "We can not have it both ways. We can not expect God to protect us in a crisis and just leave us in our day-to-day living room. I wonder if sometimes He is not waiting for us to wake up, He is not maybe running out of patience. "

At Reunion Arena in Dallas, 1984, Ronald Reagan stated: "Without God there is no way to be aware of … without God there is a coarsening of society; without God democracy will not be long endure. … America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. "

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On Aug. 7, 1982, President Reagan wrote a letter to his father-in-law atheist, Dr. Loyal Davis: "Dear Loyal, I hope you'll forgive me for this, but I've been wanting to write you down talked on the phone. I am aware of the strain you are under and believe in. First I want to tell you a personal experience During my first year as governor I found in Calif. was almost as bad as the one in Wash. today. It seemed as if the problems were endless and insolvent. Then I found myself with an ulcer. In all those years at Warner Bros., no one had been able to give me an ulcer and I felt ashamed as if it were a sign of weakness on my part. John Sharpe had me on Malox and I lived with a constant breadth of discomfort to extremely sharp attacks.

"This went on for months. I had a bottle of Maalox in my desk, my briefcase and of course at home. Then one morning I got up, went into the bathroom, reached for the bottle and some thing happened. I knew I did not need it. I had gone to bed before I was healed. The Malox went back on the shelf. That morning when I arrived at the office Helene brought me my mail. The first letter I opened up a lady – a stranger – the Southern part of the state. She had written to tell me how to behave. Believe it or not, the second letter was a man, again a stranger, in the other end of the state telling me he was part of a group that met weekly to pray for me.

"Within the hour a young fellow from the legal staff came into my office on some routine matter. On the way out in the door and said: 'Gov. I think maybe you'd like to know – some of us are coming together. 'Coincidence? I do not think so. A couple of weeks later Nancy and I went down to L.A. and had our annual checkup. John Sharpe, a little puzzled, told me I'd never had one. Word of honor – I never told him about that particular day in Sacramento. There is a line in the Bible – 'Where will I be gathered?'

"Loyal I know of your feeling – your doubt but could I just impose on you a little longer? Some seven hundred years before the birth of Christ the ancient Jewish prophets predicted the coming of a Messiah. They said he would be born in a lowly place, would proclaim himself the Son of God and would be put to death for that. All in all there was a total of one hundred and twenty three specific prophesies about his life. Crucifixion was unknown in those times, yet it was foretold that he would be nailed to a cross of wood. And one of the predictions was that he would be born of a Virgin. Now I know that you are probably the hardest for you as a Dr. to accept. The only answer that can be given is – a miracle.

"Loyal Goal I do not find that a great miracle in the history of his life. Either he was who he said he was the greatest faker & charlatan who ever lived. But would a liar & faker be the death he did he had to go to? The miracle is a young man of 30 yrs. without credentials as a scholar or priest began preaching on street corners. He owned nothing but the clothes on his back and he did not travel beyond a circle. He did this for only 3 years and was executed as a common criminal. But for two thousand years he has … had more impact on the world than all the teachers, scientists, emperors, generals and admirals who ever lived, The apostle John said, 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten thought that he would never believe in life.'

"We have been promised that we can not wait until we have come to the end of our strength and abilities. We only have trust in his infinity goodness and mercy. Loyal, you and Edith have known a great love. That will not end with this life. We have been promised this part of life and have a greater life, a greater glory awaits us. It makes you one day and it's all right. Love, Ronnie. "

In 1961, Ronald Reagan stated: "One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism. It is very easy to have a medical program as a humanitarian project. … James Madison in 1788 … said … 'There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.' … What can we do this? We can not write to our congressmen and our senators … … If you do not, this program I will be glad you will pass … and it will come back to you every day. And … you and I are going to our children and children, what it was like.

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