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JUNE 12 - 'Communist...totalitarian...almost entire banning on Christianity' - G.H.W. Bush

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He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his WWII service in the Pacific.

He studied at Yale, was a Congressman, Ambassador to the U.N., CIA director and Vice-President under Ronald Reagan before becoming the 41st U.S. President.

His name was George H.W. Bush, born JUNE 12, 1924.

George H.W. Bush told Amish and Mennonite leaders in Lancaster, PA, March 22, 1989:

"Barbara and I went to China as your 1974, and we had wondered about the family in China - Communist country, totalitarian...

We knew that there had been almost entire banning on practicing and teaching Christianity...This was right after the Cultural Revolution."

In his Inaugural Address, January 20, 1989, President Bush said:

"I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I place my hand is the Bible on which he placed his...

And my first act as President is a prayer. I ask you to bow your heads..."

On February 22, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed Joint Resolution 164 declaring 1990 the International Year of Bible Reading:

"Among the great books produced throughout the history of mankind, the Bible has been prized above all others...

The Bible has had a critical impact upon the development of Western civilization...

It was a biblical view of man - one affirming the dignity and worth of the human person, made in the image of our Creator - that inspired the principles upon which the United States is founded...

The historic speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provide compelling evidence of the role Scripture played in shaping the struggle against slavery and discrimination...

We recall the words of the prophet Isaiah, who declared, 'The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever.'...

When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God...

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the year 1990 as the International Year of Bible Reading.

I invite all Americans to discover the great inspiration and knowledge that can be obtained through thoughtful reading of the Bible."

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On May 3, 1990, President George Bush declared a National Day of Prayer:

"The great faith that led our Nation's Founding Fathers to pursue this bold experience in self-government has sustained us in uncertain and perilous times...

Like them, we do very well to recall our 'firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,'...and to pray for continued help and guidance from our wise and loving Creator."

President George Bush stated in his 1992 National Day of Prayer Proclamation:

"Whatever our individual religious convictions may be, each of us is invited to join in this National Day of Prayer...

Each of us can echo this timeless prayer of Solomon, the ancient king who prayed for, and received, the gift of wisdom:

'The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us; so that He may incline our hearts to Him, to walk in all His ways...that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.'"

In his Christmas Message, December 8, 1992, President George H.W. Bush stated:

"As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whose life offers us a model of dignity, compassion, and justice, we renew our commitment to peace...Christ made clear the redemptive value of giving of oneself for others...

The heroic actions of our veterans, the lifesaving work of our scientists and physicians, and generosity of countless individuals who voluntarily give of their time, talents, and energy to help others - all have enriched humankind and affirmed the importance of our Judeo-Christian heritage in shaping our government and values."

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