- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 7, 2005

VIRGINIA BEACH — The world needs leaders with the kind of moral courage engendered by Regent University to spread freedom to oppressed countries, Sen. George Allen told the Christian school’s graduating class yesterday.

“I hope and pray that God continues to bless our country with people of your character and especially your integrity,” Mr. Allen told the class of nearly 900 at the Christian school founded by Pat Robertson.

Mr. Allen, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2008, and Mr. Robertson made several references to their long-standing relationship.

Mr. Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and head of the Christian Broadcasting Network, emphasized his financial support for Republican candidates but said nothing about Mr. Allen’s potential run for president.

However, he said when Mr. Allen was governor, he sought his staff’s advice on doing the right thing.

“The country is on a good course with a leader who asks: ‘What is the right thing to do?’” Mr. Robertson said.

Mr. Allen said the cornerstone of freedom are the four tenets of the Virginia Declaration of Rights: freedom of religion, freedom of expression, private ownership of property and the rule of law. The declaration was the precursor to the Bill of Rights.

Mr. Allen said the country needs judges who “apply the law, not invent the law.” He told Regent law school graduates who aspire to be federal judges, “I hope you don’t have to wait four years for Senate confirmation.”

Mr. Robertson has chastised Republican leaders for allowing Senate Democrats to stall confirmation of President Bush’s judicial nominees.

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