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Words used well

Your words have power.

In May 1940, the British looked to be finished in the war with Germany. With almost no hope left, the nation turned to Winston Churchill, the one man who had spoken the truth for years, saying nasty things about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, even though it cost him in terms of political success and personal reputation.

Newly elected Prime Minister Churchill used language to rouse the fighting spirit he believed was still alive in the British people, saying, "If you're going through hell, keep going." And the line that summed up his personal career and the spirit that led the British people to victory: "Never, never, never give up."

He said, "All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

Watch Your Mouth

Of 198 countries in the world:

32 forbid blasphemy

20 prohibit apostasy (abandoning your religion)

87 outlaw defamation of religion or hate speech.

Muslim countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific have the most ...

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