"We are not a Christian nation." Obama told a Muslim audience. If you look to our schools, and many in our government they will agree with that statement. Our children are being, and have been for decades been taught that our Founders were deists and atheists, these are lies just like global warming is.
What are the facts, the facts that Americans are no longer taught? Let's ask our Founders, thank God, they were prodigious writers and have left their thoughts for us.
“God who gave us life, gave us liberty, can the liberty of a nation be secure if we remove the conviction that these liberties are the gift from God?” Thomas Jefferson
In our American system of government the foundation are these words;
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The very key to our society is that these “unalienable rights” come not from a government, but from our Creator. If we ever come to a point in our society where we take the Creator out of our national creed, we are then accepting that our freedoms and rights come from a benevolent government, opening the door for them to retract those rights. I don’t care if you believe in God or not, you better believe that our nation was and is founded on those beliefs or your freedom is in jeopardy.
There is no attack on American culture more destructive and more historically dishonest than the relentless effort to drive God out of the public square. For our system of government to work it is understood that civic virtue is tied to personal virtue, and most people believe that they get their code of ethics from some sort of religion.
“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [the Constitution] a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution. “
James Madison, Federalist No. 37, January 11, 1788
“ Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. “ George Washington
“Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people, it is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” John Adams
The genius of the founders was how they wove religion into the framework of society politic while making it optional to believe. Though most of them were believers, and many devoutly and passionately, they understood that there couldn’t be a state run religion, or a government ruled by a religious sect. They knew that government should not interfere with religion, but also knew it couldn’t be hostile toward religion or the practice in the public square. It is best said that our nation was truly formed “Under God.”
For two generations we have passively accepted an assault on the core principle of our nation that our rights came from God. This assault comes from academic, legal, and media elite who find religious beliefs and expression frightening, old fashioned, and unsophisticated. We are in the midst of a culture war never before seen in America.
It is as if some are trying to take up George Washington’s dare from his farewell address. Where he said he would not take lightly if the republic could survive if the people abandon religion and morality.
For most people in America this systematic assault on all references to God and the removal of symbols from the public square is appalling. To artificially try to remove the references to God from our history and from our public square to please a small but vocal minority is wrong in the eyes of most Americans.
Two hundred years ago “Separation of Church and State” meant something very different from today’s interpretation. It was meant to keep government from founding a church and to keep a singular sect from running government. It was never intended to be hostile to the influences, and free expression of religion in our public square.
If you walk into our National Archives building in D.C. you will see a bronze inlay of the 10 Commandments in the floor, symbolizing that the Judeo Christian values and beliefs were at our nation’s foundation.
In our Declaration of Independence we find were Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin strove to keep a balance built in. In the first draft we see Jefferson wrote “We hold these truths to be Sacred” then we see where Franklin scratched out Sacred and added Self Evident. Then we see where John Adams wrote “by the Creator in between Endowed by and inalienable rights. From the beginning they knew the delicate balance that must be struck to create and sustain this great nation. The results is the only Constitutional government in the world to sustain for over two hundred years.
“ We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson
America at that time was called a second Israel, that is why on the Seal of the United States you will see images of Israel and Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage.
In our Constitution, you will see it is by the consent of the governed, “We the People” to make it clear the source of the power of the federal government.
In our First Amendment we see;
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
It makes it clear that we are not to establish a national religion, but is fine to practice religion freely even in the public square. It was designed to protect the Freedom of Religion, not the freedom from religion.
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his Aid?”
“Reason and expression both forbid us from expecting that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.” George Washington
“No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.” George Washington
The words “Under God” first came to us from George Washington as he spoke to his troops telling them “You now, Under God, are the only defense of this nation as we head to war.”
When George Washington took the oath of office the first time, he asked that the Bible be open to the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 28. At the moment he was sworn in he said, “So help me God,” then bent over and kissed the Bible.
“ God touched us every step of the way to this victory.” George Washington
At the top of the Washington Monument are the Latin words Laus Deo, which means “Praise Be to God.”
We hear that Thomas Jefferson wasn’t a believer, however if you look at all he said, and how he governed you would have to believe that he was.
“ I have sworn upon the alter of God Eternal hostility against any for of tyranny over the mind of man.” Thomas Jefferson
In an 1803 treaty with a tribe of Indians, Jefferson used Federal funds to pay to have missionaries go to teach the Indians about God. He also used Federal funds to pay to build churches for them to worship. This was from the man who today is used as THE example of separation of church and state.
Jefferson, himself, denied those who considered him to be hostile toward religion in a letter to a colleague. “My views are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection and very different from that anti-Christian system imputed to my by those who know nothing of my opinion.” Thomas Jefferson
As America was fighting to not be torn asunder during the Civil War, we were still led by men who looked to God for their strength.
“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, Under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” Abraham Lincoln
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in.” Abraham Lincoln.
“If I had my way this war would never have been commenced, if I had been allowed my way this war would have ended before this, but we find it still continues and we must believe that He permits it for some wise reason of His own mysterious and unknown to us.” Abraham Lincoln
During W.W.II and The Great Depression:
When you look at Franklin D. Roosevelt, the father of modern liberalism, he was unapologetically a man of deep faith. He linked the preservation of our nation during the depression and during W.W. II with the preservation of religion. He was a deeply religious man who through prayer was able to stay strong. On the eve of the great D-Day invasion he wrote and led the nation in this prayer.
“ Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our public, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Some will never return, embrace these Father and receive them Thy heroic servants into Thy Kingdom. Oh Lord, give us faith, faith in Thee, faith in our sons, faith in each other, faith in our own united crusade. Thy will be done, Almighty God, Amen.” FDR
If you read his speeches you will often see him evoke prayer to God and for the Country.
“We humbly ask the blessing of God, may He protect each and everyone of us, may He guide me in the days to come.” FDR
“Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of Devine and moral government.” John Adams
When you walk through our Capital building, you will see the Rotunda filled with Religious images and symbols. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1800, there were only two churches in Washington D.C. so the Congressional Chaplin asked if they could use the House chambers for church services on Sundays. Jefferson found no problem with this and he himself attended those services in those chambers regularly, as did James Madison after him.
“ While we assert a freedom to embrace to profess, and to observe the religion that we believe to be of Divine origin we cannot deny an equal freedom to choose mind who have not yet yielded to the evidence which convinced us.” James Madison
When you walk into the Supreme Court, you will once again see images of religion and the lawgivers all about you. Every session of the Supreme Court begins with an invocation, a prayer where the marshal stands up and says “God save the United States and this honorable Court.”
Each session of Congress also begins with a prayer.The source of all of our laws, the source of our freedom, liberty, and rights as defined in the Declaration of Independence was our Creator, God.
When you walk into the Library of Congress, you will see upon the walls these inscriptions;
“What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”
“ The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork.”
“Ignorance is the curse of God, knowledge the wing, where with we fly to Heaven.”
You will see a statue of Moses holding the 10 Commandments, and a painting called Judea with a young Jewish woman praying. In 1998 the Library of Congress held and exhibition called “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic,” it explored the role of religion from Jamestown until just past the Revolutionary War era.
“I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion—for who can search the human heart?—but I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.” Alexis de Tocquieville upon his observations on America.
“True religion affords to government its surest support.” George Washington
“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest repair, the rest is in the hands of God.” George Washington
“Religion and virtue are the only foundations. Not only of republicanism and of all free government, but social felicity under all governments and in all combinations of human society.” John Adams
“Surely God would not have created such a being as man with the ability to grasp the infinite to exist only for a day, No, No, man was made for immortality.” Abraham Lincoln
“We look forward to a world founded on four essential human freedoms, the first the freedom of speech and expression, everywhere in the world. The second, is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way everywhere in the world. And the third is the freedom from want, the fourth the freedom from fear.” FDR
“We believe all men were created equal because they are created in the image of God.”
Harry S. Truman
“If we ever forget that we are one nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan
In the White House in the State Dining room there is a plaque on the fireplace placed by John Adams. It reads;
“I pray to Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men overrule under this roof.” John Adams
“The real fire within the builders of America was faith, faith in a Providential God whose hand supported and guided them, faith in themselves as the children of God endowed with purposes beyond the mere struggle for survival, faith in their country and its principles that proclaimed rights for freedom and justice derived from His Divine origins.” Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“ With a good conscience our only reward with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” John F. Kennedy
“I know that there is a God and that He hates injustice. I see the storm coming and His had is in it, but if he has a place and a part for me in it, I believe that I am ready.” JFK
“The belief is that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the had of God” JFK
Our belief in this country has and must always be that the very foundation of our nation is that the Creator God is the source of all of our rights, liberties, and freedoms.
“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field, and finally, that He would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do justice, to love mercy, and demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.”
George Washington letter of farewell to the Army June 8th 1783
There is nothing more clear that the founders intended for an embrace of faith throughout all of America both in private and in public. This understanding was always clear until 1963 when an out of control Supreme Court started trying to wrest who we are and what we have and always will stand for from our nation.
We have never seen a more open attack on Christianity and faith than we do under this administration. Woe to us all if we allow God to be cast aside, those blessings that have made America the shining city on the hill will end. Look to the Old Testament, whenever God's people moved from God, they moved into slavery. Whenever they moved toward God they moved toward freedom and prosperity. America we need to dance with He who brought us, and bought us with his blood.