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Reflections on The First Amendment

For a fleeting moment it was like old times again.

I had before me a political figure that had dropped out of the race for President of the United

States. Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was in South Carolina endorsing Sen. Marco

Rubio for president, had just spoken to a CIU assembly during the same week South Carolina

was to hold the First in the South Republican Presidential Primary.

After the assembly, I was invited to a private luncheon being held for Jindal. He had no prepared

remarks but instead fielded questions from the guests that included CIU faculty, staff and


Always the Journalist

As many of you know, I was the news director of

CIU’s former radio station WMHK for over 12 years.

I used to love going to news conferences. So

when Gov. Jindal asked at the luncheon if we had

questions, the adrenaline began to rush just like in

the old days. My hand was the first to be raised.

“Would you consider being Senator Rubio’s running


It really didn’t matter to me what his answer would

be. I was just enjoying the moment. For the record,

he said that he had had enough of public life for

a while and his wife told him it was his turn to take

the kids to soccer practice (something I guess a

governor just doesn’t have a lot of time to do)!

A Shared Experience

This experience not only reminds me of my days in broadcast journalism, but also of something

even more fundamental to the experience: The First Amendment to the United States


Consider that at this moment, you are I are enjoying the benefits of The First Amendment. I

was able to ask Gov. Jindal the question and write down what he said and tell you about it. You,

by reading this magazine published by a biblical university, are enjoying Freedom of Religion,

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. The First Amendment reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free

exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the

people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In a world history full of tyrants, dictators, and potentates, these words are quite exceptional.

Let’s hold these freedoms dear and use them to God’s glory.

Bob Holmes

CIU Today



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Gov. Bobby Jindal meets with CIU

leadership and guests at a luncheon

following his address to a CIU student




CIU Today

Summer 2016