Patriotic excitement was in the air Thursday evening at the Donald W. Reynold’s Library in Durant.
The event, “An Evening with KrisAnne Hall” was meant to fan the flame of patriotism and ignite action among its attendees.
Denison, Texas school teacher David Bullard and Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Pastor Ivan Richardson both spoke to the crowd while Hall, a world renown patriotic speaker, the headliner, gave a rousing speech.
She said, “It’s wonderful to be amongst a group of people who are so concerned about the future of America that they are willing to spend an evening of their lives, here, to get educated.”
The Durant audience welcomed her with excitement as she talked of the early days and quoted many of our founding fathers.
Patriots are “Reclaiming America’s Christian and Constitutional Heritage,” is their message.
She said many things taught in America are “in error.”
There are so many in our country who are not educated in the Constitution, they said.
She didn’t want misinformation, even in her small group of tourists she was in.
She told a story of how she stepped in and corrected someone who was giving mis-information on a historical tour.
She said, “much to the chagrin of the tour guide, I was in the group.”
Hall hopes to educate and motivate people in her lectures with correct information about our rights and the Constitution.
She’s toured and spoken at many events about Patriotism and American government and it’s origins for years.
Holly Gerard, Vice Chair of the Bryan County GOP said, “We are really excited to have KrisAnne Hall in Durant tonight. She’s never been here before. It’s the first time we’ve been included on the national speaking circuit. She is a very well known Constitutional expert who travels the county. It is really telling that Durant has arrived because we have a speaker of her caliber stopping to see us and speak. Our goal was to have a good turnout so national speakers will come and speak with the people.”
This event gave those city leaders and those who are involved in local politics, a chance to encourage others to become more involved.
Bryan County Commissioner District 1 Ron Boyer said about Hall’s presentation, “She’s a Constitutional speaker and she’s a lawyer by trade. She draws a parallel between everyday life and how our Constitution directly effects it, or should effect it. The rights we have through our Constitution, many we don’t have today because of our laws.”
Fairview Baptist Church Pastor Bill Ledbetter had a huge hand in making the event a reality in Durant. He leads his congregation to speak up, get involved, but do it with Biblical principles.
Ledbetter said, “We need to slow down the judicial tyranny we see in our land. We need to wake up and move this country back to it’s foundation. If the foundation is destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
The meeting room at the library was at capacity with all tables full for the free dinner and patriotic event Thursday evening.
Chairman of the Bryan County GOP Don Krumme said, “It was a great presentation. We need more of these in Bryan County. It’s good to see all the conservatives out. The national election is over. The conservative movement is strong and doing well. I’m glad to see this great turnout tonight.”
Boyer said, “I wish we could get more people involved so they will understand it. I know schedules are hard for people. They don’t have enough time in their daily lives. The more people who understand about the laws that we have, the more people will defend them, instead of letting them go away.”
Senator Josh Brecheen said, “The Declaration of Independence speaks to the role of the individual that has a “Creator” world view as part of their belief system. Our rights are derived from our Creator. Our role of government is to secure those rights. If you look at our founders, they absolutely understood the relevance of members of their church being in government.”
Many changes are taking place daily in our local, state and national governments.
Gerard said, “We still believe in the American Dream. We still believe in the Constitution. We have a great guide map for moving our country forward. Following the Constitution was what our founders wanted. Your seeing progress in our community. We are a Christian nation. “
Gerard said about church leaders, “When your pastor stands up and says “this is the where the country should go,” following Biblical principles can never lead you wrong.”
She continued, “The Constitution trumps all, and the Bill of Rights. Pastors need to stand up and speak out. It’s time for us to stand up.”
Ledbetter said he’d encourage other pastors to lead their congregation to be more involved in politics.
He said, “We need to preach God’s word, even if some do not like it.”
He said pastors everywhere in America are being asked to preach to the issues of this land.
Making a difference in government and getting those who care about our country to take action, was the theme of the evening.
Ledbetter said, “We would like to impact southeastern Oklahoma and make an impact. Your vote does count. There are many elections we can turn to where one vote won the election. Plus we are having an impact.”
He told of an event he attended. Ledbetter said, “I was invited to a national prayer breakfast and the speak was phenomenal. He preached a message about Jesus Christ that was resounding. They gave each of us a freshly published book. The title was one word, Jesus. It was magnificent. Everybody was lifted.”
One of the candidates for councilman in next week’s election was in attendance.
Mayor Stewart Hoffman said, “Church is a place where you always have people you can turn to when you need them. It’s always good to understand the Constitution, how it was derived, why it was written and what those intents were.”
Another strong point made at the presentation was to encourage those who may be lost, confused or not caring about being involved in politics and learn about the Constitution.
Hoffman said, “If you need advice on candidates and voting, a pastor is always a good person to go to because they are usually in tune with what’s going on in the community. The Bible teaches us about how life should run. A pastor always a good place to go to get advice.”
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