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A Threat to Freedom
Volume 115, Program 52
4/30/2013

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According to President Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Join Michael Farris and Sen. Rick Santorum as they talk about current challenges to our freedom, on this edition of Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Farris: Rick, in the introduction to your book, American Patriots, you mention one principle that separates this country from every other country in the world. What’s that idea?

Sen. Santorum: Well, it was in the Declaration of Independence, which is we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. That concept, that rights come to us from our Creator, there is no other country in the world, that establishes rights upon that premise, that limits the government by that very notion—that rights don’t come from government, but rights come from God, and that government is there to protect those rights.

Mike: Rick, what do you think is the biggest current threat to our freedom as a nation?

Sen. Santorum: I think it’s the erosion of faith and family. It’s the erosion of the very underpinnings of what made this nation great—a recognition of God and the primacy of God in this country, and the important critical role of families in building a country of virtue. With strong families, strong churches, and strong virtue in our society, government can be limited. But as those things deteriorate—we’ve seen it—government gets bigger and becomes more oppressive, and freedom is lost.

Mike: Join us next time to hear about an abandoned orphan who used his life to promote the cause of freedom. I’m Mike Farris.


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If you would like to learn about how ordinary people became American patriots by doing extraordinary things, you should read Senator Rick Santorum’s book, American Patriots.

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