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Whittaker Chambers (born Jay Vivian Chambers), the former communist operative who testified against Alger Hiss in 1948 was born 109 years ago today.  I remember reading Witness, Chambers’ famous confession.  It turned out to be a compelling read and convinced me he was telling the truth.  That was reluctantly confirmed by the liberal historian, Allen Weinstein in his book, Perjury, based on FBI files obtained by the academic through FOIA.  Weinstein sought to show Hiss was framed.  He decided Hiss lied about being a communist and a spy.  Hiss had actually been the first Temporary Secretary General of the UN when it met in San Francisco in 1945. 

Chambers was villified for many years but in the heart of conservative anti-communists like me, he was and is a hero.  He’s also an awesome writer.  He also exemplied true Christian repentence and embraced the faith of Jesus Christ as Lord.  But President Reagan awarded Chambers a posthumous Medal of Freedom and President George W. Bush honored him on his 100th birthday. 

I recall this line from Witness where Chambers told his wife that in defecting from communism, they were abandoning the winning side for the losing side as men see it.  Followers of Christ would do well to remember this in these days of biometric ID cards and increasing world government.  But we know the real score:  Jesus is Lord! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to an American hero:  Whittaker Chambers.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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