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Monday, January 3, 2011

 11:26 AM 

Walker tells of his faith at prayer breakfast

Telling the crowd he is "proud to say I'm a born-again Christian," Gov. Scott Walker told a prayer breakfast this morning that "it is not freedom from religion, it is freedom from the state religion we celebrate."

Several religious leaders addressed the inaugural breakfast at Monona Terrace this morning, including leaders from the Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish faiths. Also offering a prayer was the pastor from the church Walker attended in Wauwatosa, Meadowbrook Church, and Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee.

Walker said one of the pleasures of his tenure as Milwaukee County exec has been to get to know leaders from different faiths.

"The great Creator, no matter who you worship, is from where our freedoms are derived, not from the government," he said.

Walker's wife, Tonette, spoke to the crowd about one of the initiatives she will support as Wisconsin's First Lady, the Christian-based drug and alcohol treatment mission Teen Challenge. Three young women who have participated in the program told the gathering about their experiences.

About 600 people attended the event.

Listen to Gov. Scott Walker's speech here.

Listen to First Lady Tonette Walker's speech here.


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