Stan Evans, Scholar-Comedian of the Conservative Movement, Passes at 80

By Daniel J. Flynn,

M. Stanton Evans, the author of the Sharon Statement elucidating the guiding principles of Young Americans for Freedom, has passed away at 80. He leaves behind 10 books and 10,000 jokes.

“When Stan’s own dad died, Stan said his father’s life was marked by ‘unfailing dedication to principle and unfailing kindness to people,’” recalled longtime employee and friend Mal Kine. “This I dare say fits Stan to a T.”

The author of nearly a dozen books, the longtime editor of the Indianapolis News, the reins of which he took in his twenties, and a leading figure in such organizations as the American Conservative Union, Young Americans for Freedom, and the National Journalism Center, Evans made a reputation as much for his big personality as his big achievements.

“He had a tremendous sense of humor,” observed Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson, who told of sponsoring an Evans lecture at a Christian high school in Michigan on his book The Theme Is Freedom, which detailed the essential role of Christianity in spreading freedom in the West. “Yes, but enough of this Christianity,” Evans responded to Robinson’s congratulations after his weighty talk. “Let’s go get a drink.” …

[Published on Breitbart, read more here]

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