Give Me Liberty or Give Me DeathSubmitted by bear on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 16:52
I thought this a fitting Sunday read…I first came across it in my Citizens Rule Book and have looked this afternoon for a source document on the web. I found the information recopied several times, but never did find an original source. Perhaps you have an original source document for the following:
This lawyer, a former farmer and storekeeper, rode into Culpepper, Virginia in March, 1775. As he approached the center of town, he was disgusted and shocked by the sight that met his stare. In the middle of the towne square, a man was lashed to a whipping post, his back was bloody and raw, being laid bare by the metal-tips of the whip that had persecuted him. Henry inquired of the crowd what the man did to deserve such a beating as this. The answer was that he was a Preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, one of a dozen, who refused to take out a license to preach from the Anglican (English) church. The governor was under an edict from King George III to force all preachers to take the license and the 'renegade ministers' were put on trial - without the benefit of a jury. This particular minister had greatly resisted, declaring in court, "I will never submit to taking your license. I am controlled by the Holy Spirit, and authorized by God Almighty, and I will not allow you to control me by a license, no matter what you may do to me."
This man, and his (11) fellow preachers, were all publicly flogged for their 'treasonous behavior' - they had resisted to blood - and this man ... unto death. The beating he withstood was so brutal that the outraged Patrick Henry could count the man's ribs. The courage and thirst for liberty of this 'man of God' inspired Patrick Henry deeply. There is little doubt that the event blazed in his mind as he spoke a short while later the words that he would become most famous for - "give me liberty - or give me death” Continue reading here: http://www.truthontheweb.org/liberty.htm
Also found the information at http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/The_Annotated_Citizen's_Rule_Book#PATRICK_HENRY_SHOCKED.21
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