In an era when judges, courts, and various state and federal agencies are increasingly hostile to freedoms of religion and conscience, it is important to be reminded of challenges Americans have faced in the past.

“The American Crisis” was written anonymously by Thomas Paine, an aide-de-camp to American General Nathanael Greene.
It was immediately published in the Pennsylvania Journal, DECEMBER 23, 1776.

General George Washington was so moved by “The American Crisis”
that he ordered it read out loud to his troops, rallying them not to disperse at the end of the year when their six-month enlistment was up, and to have courage before the Battle of Trenton.

Not having a table in camp, Paine used the head of a drum for his desk.

In “The American Crisis,” Thomas Paine wrote:

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly … Heaven knows how to put a price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated …”

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