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Vice President Pence slips quietly in and out of Alaska to support wounded warriors

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Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen slipped quietly into the Lake Clark area over the past few days to visit with military veterans and their spouses at the Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Heal Our Patriots lodge at Port Alsworth, where wounded veterans and their spouses have solace and support for their marriages and their faith in God. Plus, they get to fish and hike.

“What an encouragement to these couples who have sacrificed so much,” said Franklin Graham, President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Learn more about Operation Heal Our Patriots at this link.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • He may be a friend of Franklin Graham and I don’t think he’s a veteran But he’s no friend of Alaska or conservative Republicans after the way he treated Trump.

    • He’s an establishment Traitor.

    • Because Pence did not oblige calls that he be hanged?

  • What happened to the separation of church and state? I have no problem with Pence supporting military vets, but under the auspices of a religious institution? Not so much.
    In spite of what many claim, we are not a religiously established nation. Our forefathers understood the dangers of such an arrangement. We would be wise to heed them.

    • Whoever’s paying you to write that needs to get their money back. Greg, maybe you should stick to gathering Recall Dunleavy signatures.

    • He’s a private citizen. Didn’t you hear?
      You’ve been brainwashed with misinformation.
      As for separation of church and state, you have it backwards: the church doesn’t have to stay out of politics; the state has to stay out of the church. That is what Jefferson meant in his letter to a concerned Danbury baptist Church: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
      As for the Constitution: “the Constitution of the United States Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…
      Even if Pence was still VP, he would have complete freedom to express his faith however, and whenever he wants. The left does it all the time with their gods.

      • Hello Steve,
        Got me, up to a point. If I were to establish a religion that believed in cannibalism, I doubt I would be allowed to exercise it freely. Of course Pence and everyone else has the right to practice their religious beliefs, up to a point, but when those beliefs start influencing laws and imposing themselves on others, they are stepping over the line that separates state and church, and that goes both ways, separating church and state as well.
        Basically, this amendment was nade to make sure the new United States wouldn’t end up under the thumbs of the clergy, as was the case in England at the time. Who knew it would become such an issue later on?

        • Greg, ‘those beliefs’ as you call them not only inspired our laws. They inspired our Constitution. You are a free man because that document imposed itself on you. Show some respect.

    • Greg, your comment is ignorant.
      Suggest The Mayflower Compact, and William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation. They’ll provide a first person account of just why our founders set out on this endeavor. Of Plymouth Plantation will give one a good education on the perils of communism and the benefits of a market based economy. Enjoy.

      • There were many reasons for setting out on the journey to inhabit the New World. Mayflower and Plymouth are only two. Ignorance consists of considering the opinions one espouses and rejecting others. This is the basis of religious fanaticism, political demagoguery, and tyranny.
        The perils of communism are well documented. So are the perils of an exclusively market based economy.

    • He’s no longer Vice President and he’s entitled to visit whomever or wherever he wants. He was there to support vets in healing and probably to get some fishing in. Big deal. Un-bunch your panties and focus on important things. By the way, separation of church and state is in the Communist Constitution of the former Soviet Union. Not in our founding documents which only precludes establishment of religion under the 1st Amendment to the constitution as interpreted through Jefferson’s writings. Chill out.

  • You’re nuts, Greg. Pence is no longer in politics and if he wants to visit some vets, more power to him. As much as you don’t like it, the United States is a Christian nation based on biblical principles. It’s worked well for 200 years . Your comments put you as an atheist. Everything I see around me is a miracle that clearly started from somewhere. If you are an atheist you better hope you’re right. Eternity is a long time.

  • Greg R, in church vs state, how is Pence “state”? Did you forget the last election?

    • The last election? It was stolen thanks to Pence and his ilk.

  • Doug Glenn, I agree with you that Pence is free to support whatever cause, religious or otherwise, in his own time. Separation of Church and State does not prohibit politicians from engaging in religious causes, just from using the government from pushing those causes. However, you are completely wrong that the United States is a Christian nation: “Congress shall pass no law *respecting the establishment of a religion* or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” q.e.d.

    • Robert, there is a an important difference between a Nation and a State. It is because our Protestant Christian forefathers suffered in their worship under The Church of England and subsequent church affiliation requirements in the colonies that they barred an official state religion, recognizing the God given right of the freedom of worship.

  • Greg, and a lot of people who talk about ‘separation of church and state’ needs to read the Constitution to learn what it says about the separation of church and state. A lot of the misconception is from the letters between Jefferson and Adams.

  • A former vice president and his wife go to Alaska to meet with wounded veterens and to get some R&R … and Must Read Alaska readers automatically launch into a political discussion. Sombody up there needs to get a life.

  • Why can’t we get a real person to come visit, too bad our soldiers did not have that option to just walk away from the fight like he did. Sidney Powell has more class in the tip of her finger and way more integrity. Trump or Powell, that’s the ticket, soldiers. No more fakes are welcome.

  • People like Greg are lucky that the publisher of this site allows most comments, unless grossly inappropriate. It’s scary to think that these same people who are uninformed or just stupid elect our leadership. And as the comedian said:
    “ you can’t fix stupid”.

  • Former Vice-President Pence. There, I corrected it for you. Having trouble with truth in journalism?

    • Once a Vice-President, always a Vice-President, and, until he no longer deals with politics, a politician.

  • Lets all pray for Greg. Maybe he will understand that this country, built on Judeo-Christian values, protects people like him. We just don’t shove it in the face of everyone, we let them choose.

    What a great country we live in.
    God Bless America!!!

  • Vice President Pence should be devoting more time toward going into Mission work for God sharing the Gospel among nations needing more missionaries planting and building churches in Africa, India, Thailand than trying to improve his political reputation after Jan 6.

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