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By Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report and The HinzSight Report
Tony Snow made it OK for me to become Republican.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard him. He was guest hosting for Rush Limbaugh in the mid-1990s. I don’t remember the details of that show or of the many other Open-line Fridays he would sit in for the King of Talk Radio that even this, then Democrat, loved.
I remember most vividly that Tony Snow made it no secret that he worshipped the King of Kings and that he considered his Book authoritative for life. He wore his faith so naturally and beautifully even if it was, on his sleeve!
We need sleeves. Ever look at Nadal’s underarm pits?
Yes, on his sleeve. I know that many would have a definition of “on his sleeve” that evokes an image of someone that browbeats others to believe lest they go to hell. But the people that evoke that image (which is extremely rare to encounter), actually are trying to get all people to shut up about faith generally, but especially to never say the name of Jesus or cite Holy Scripture as the basis of, or reference point for, an objective argument about anything affecting their man-as-god lives.
The name of Jesus Christ flowed as naturally from Snow’s lips as would a recitation of the day’s headliner that Tony knew personally.
Tony knew Jesus personally and knew that scripture holds the answers to our problems much as Reagan did.
Tony, along with Cal Thomas and Fred Barnes, made it easier for this Bible-Believing Gamecock Baptist, that used to think Jesus was a Democrat, to become a Republican.
[And let me make it clear that Jesus is neither a Democrat or a Republican.]
I was just then becoming aware of the invidiousness of the Democratic Party’s hostility to people of faith, and Tony Snow offered hope of a refuge in the political world for a Christian.
But, I was inspired to write this blog not only because of my love for Tony, but also because I did not see enough emphasis on his defining orthodox Christian faith on Fox News or Redstate obits, but even more importantly, not from his most famous former employer, President George W. Bush:
Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jill, and their children, Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character. Tony was one of our Nation’s finest writers and commentators. He earned a loyal following with incisive radio and television broadcasts. He was a gifted speechwriter who served in my father’s Administration. And I was thrilled when he agreed to return to the White House to serve as my Press Secretary. It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work. His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humor. All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith – and Laura and I join people across our country in praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his Creator.
Mr. President, I love your own Christian witness, but why can’t you bring yourself to say the name of Jesus even at this moment to accurately memorialize a man that never hesitated to say The Name?
President Bush, this is a teachable moment. You think you would offend a Muslim? an Atheist?
Tony is with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, not merely “his creator.”
A second inspiration for this column was that I heard no one on TV, in their recitation of his bio, that before being given his own radio show, Snow frequently served as a guest host for Rush Limbaugh on his nationally syndicated program.
Below in a wonderful excerpt from a column and link from a March 2007 by Cal Thomas entitled the The Tony Snow I Know
Before being given his own radio show, Snow frequently served as a guest host for Rush Limbaugh on his nationally syndicated program.
Snow says his deepening faith didn’t happen overnight. It began with realizing “how many people loved me.” He said a lot of life is figuring out you’re not in charge and figuring out who is. He started to pray, he said, and began to sense a growing presence of God in his life. He said after his first cancer surgery many people sent him letters that included Bible verses. Among his favorites was Psalm 91:2-3: “I will say of the Lord, ŒHe is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.'” After his first cancer surgery, Snow said he had to stay in bed and he began reading the Bible more, “learning to pray” and to ask God to “draw me closer, please, (which) develops a hunger that is also a form of joy.” He said colleagues frequently ask him what he will do after the White House? He says he might have had an answer before, but now he has no clue. “I put everything in God’s hands.”
You made it Tony, to the Promised Land. Say hello to Martin.
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