Thought for the day

"Those who recognize the stupidity and fickleness of the masses will not be remotely surprised by anything they do." -- Nicolas Poussin
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority." -- Martin Luther King Jr. (A Knock at Midnight, June 11, 1967)

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Abraham Lincoln: A former Illinois lawyer who became the sixteenth President of the United States in the election of 1860. Because Lincoln was a Republican and associated with the abolitionist cause, his election prompted South Carolina to secede from the Union. Lincoln, who believed that the states had never actually left the Union legally, fought the war until the South surrendered unconditionally. During the war, in 1863, Lincoln issued a largely symbolic Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves in the South. At the end of the war, in April 1865, Lincoln's visit to Washington, D.C. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.