I know how Barbara Bush must have felt when she was confronted by the campus thought police last summer.

I had a similar confrontation when I was invited to lecture to students at Brown University. Due to my schedule, I routinely decline dozens of such invitations, but Brown’s tempted me, conjuring up nostalgic memories of football games, fraternity parties, and all-night study sessions. For Brown, you see, is my alma mater. I cheerfully accepted, waiving any honorarium.

I had returned to Brown once before to speak, when I was President Nixon’s special counsel. I was received then as a VIP, treated to a faculty dinner hosted by the university’s president, and escorted to a large lecture hall packed with students eager to hear an alumnus who had made it to the top.

Well, my welcome was somewhat less auspicious this time. Three undergraduates from the Student Lecture Board picked me up and took me to a dingy local eatery. Over hamburgers and fries, they told me my lecture had been announced only two days earlier and that I had been assigned one of the smallest lecture halls on campus.

I soon discovered why. “This is the lecture board, you know,” one of the students told me anxiously. “It’s not a religious meeting.”

I assured them that I had come to speak, as asked, about religious influence in culture—a fairly erudite issue worthy of an academic setting—and had no intention of turning the lecture into an evangelistic meeting.

When we arrived at the lecture hall, I took the first few minutes of my talk to review the 35 years since my graduation. It would have been ludicrous to omit the most crucial milestone in my life, my conversion to Jesus Christ. I took but a few minutes to describe that event, then went on to my topic of religious ...

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