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Virginians for Liberty

My friend Cary Hemphill writes:

Our Founders in Williamsburg did not have a Tea Party to protest British tyranny, but they did have a Prayer Party on June 1, 1774, to mark the sad occasion of the closing of Boston harbor on that day by King George III. The Virginia House of Burgesses called the people to a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, and we, an ad hoc group of concerned Virginians for Liberty, propose to re-enact that event on June 1, 2009, here in Williamsburg, as our protest against the new forms of tyranny currently being imposed on us by our government. Any like-minded patriots visiting our colonial capital are welcome to join us as we walk from the Old Capitol to Bruton Parish Church, where we will unite our hearts in prayer to Almighty God in behalf of these United States, that we as a people might return to those founding principles which made us a great nation. For more information, contact Cary Hemphill at

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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