The date, Sept. 11, 1777. The Continental Congress was being forced to evacuate Philadelphia, as the British had just won the Battle of Brandywine, forcing Washington's 10,000 troops to retreat. In addition to this desperate situation, Congress was made aware that there was a shortage of Bibles due to the interruption of trade with the King's printers in England. Congress voted to import Bibles from Scotland or Holland into different parts of the Union, stating: "The use of the Bible is so universal and its importance so great ... it was resolved accordingly to direct said Committee of Commerce to import 20,000 copies of the Bible."
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"Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended," spoke President Bush on Sept. 11, 2001, after the most devastating terrorist attack upon America. Islamic radicals hijacked four passenger jets, flying two into New York's World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon. Another crashed in Pennsylvania. That evening President Bush addressed the nation: "Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. Pictures of planes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. ... America was targeted ... because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. ... I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve. ... And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me."