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Mini FACS Truths About America's Christian Heritage Part 2

Mini FACS Truths About America's Christian Heritage Part 2

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~nother Fundamental for American Christians
The so-called "Politically Correct" insistthe United £tates never was a Christiannation. Is that historically accurate? Or,is it plain old revisionist prop88anda? InPart Two of this Mini-FAC£, here aresome truths from the national archives.The record speaks for itsel
1811
"The people of this State, in common with thepeople of this country, profess the generaldoctrine of Christianity, as the rule of theirfaithand practice .... We are aChristian people, and the morality of the country isdeeply engrafted upon Christianity,and notupon the doctrines or worship othose im- postors (other religions)....Christianity in itsenlarged sense, as a religion revealed andtaught in the Bible, is part and parcel of thelaw of the land ....." Chief Justice James Kent, Supreme Court of New York,
The People v. Ruggles.
July 4, 1821
John Quincy Adams, sixth president of theUnited States: "The highest glory of theAmerican Revolution was this: it connected,in one indissoluble bond, the principles ocivil government with the principles ofChris--tianity."
1824
"Chrstianity, general Christianity, is and al-ways has been a part of the common law oPennsylvania;...not Christianity with an established church and tithes and spiritualcourts; but Christianity with liberty of con-science to all men."
Updegraph v. the Common-wealth
11s
&
R.394,400 November,
1828
Noah Webster publishes the first edition of his
Ameriam Dictionary of the English Lan-guage.
It contains the greatest number of Bib-lical definitions given in any secular volume;thus demonstrating" the degree towhich theBible was America's basic text book in allfields."Webster believed" education useless without the Bible."
1833
Noah Webster: "...the religion which hasintroduced civil liberty, is the religion oChrist and His apostles ... This is genuineChristianity, and to this we owe our free con-stitutions of government...the moral prin- ciples and precepts contained in the Scrip-tures ought to form the basis of all of our civilconstitutions and laws."
1836
William McGuffey publishes the first editionof his
McGuffey's Reader .
Between 1836 and1920,122 million copies are sold. Millions of American children learn to read and writefrom that reader.In his foreword, McGuffeywrote: "The Christian religionis the religionofour country. From it are derived our preva-lent notions of the character of God, the greatmoral governor of the universe. On its doc-trines are founded the peculiarities of our freeinstitutions."
"I have long been convinced that ourEnemies have made it an Object toeradicate fromthe minds ofthe PeopleingeneralaSense oftrue Religion andVirtue." Samuel Adams
1841
Philosopher and historian Alexis de Tocquev-ille
(Democracy in America):
"In the UnitedStates of America the sovereign authority isreligious." "...there is no country in the worldin which the Christian religion retains a great-er influence over the souls of men than inAmerica."June
8, 1845
President Andrew Jackson asserted: "TheBible is the rock on which our Republic rests."
1851
Justice Joseph Story (USSupreme Court, 1811-1845; professor, Harvard Law School), wrotein his
Commentaries on the Constitution of theUnited States:
"Probably at the time of theadoption of the Constitution, and of the firstamendment to it ... the general if not the uni-versal sentiment in America was, that Chris--tianity ought toreceive encouragement by the
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state so far as was not incompatible with theprivate rights of conscience and the free-dom of religious worship. Any attempt tolevel all every colony did sustain religion insome form.lt was deemed peculiarly prop-er that the religion of liberty should be up-held by a free people. Had the people, dur-ing the Revolution, had a suspicion of anyattempt to war against Christianity, thatRevolution would have been strangled in itscradle. At the time of the adoption of theConstitution and the Amendments, the uni-versal sentiment was that Christianityshould be encouraged - not anyone sect.Any attempt to level or discard all religionwould have been viewed with ui1iversalindignation. The object was not tosubstituteJudaism or Mohammedanism, or infidelity,but toprevent rivalry amoIlg the sects to theexclusion of others."February 11, 1861Abraham Lincoln, farewell at Springfield,IL: "In regard to this Great Book (The Bible),Ihave but to say,it is the best gift God hasgiven toman. All the good The Saviour gaveto the world was communicated throughthis book .But for it, we would not knowright from wrong. All things most desirablefor man's welfare, here and hereafter, are tobe found portrayed in it." (George L.Hunt,
Calvinism and The Political Order,
Westmin-ster Press,
1965,
p.
33)
March 30, 1863Presidential Proclamation for a day of fast-ing,humiliation and prayer:"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties oHeaven. We have been preserved, thesemany years, in peace and prosperity.Wehave grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But wehave forgotten God. We have forgotten thegracious hand which preserved us in peace,and multiplied and enriched and strength-ened us; and we have vainly imagined, inthe deceitfulness of our hearts, that all theseblessings were produced by some susperiorwisdom and virtue of our own.Intoxicatedwith unbroken success, we have become tooself-sufficient to feel the necessity of re-deeming and preserving grace, too proud topray to the God that made us."1864Maryland Constitution requires citizens de-siring to hold public office must have de-clared "belief in the Christian religion, oftheexistence of God, and in a future state orewards and punishments."March 3, 1865Secretary of the Treasury, Samuel Chase,instructs U.s. mint to prepare a "device" toinscribe UScoins with the motto, "In God wetrust." Congress gives its approval. 1884U.s.Supreme Court in reference to the indi- vidual's God-given rights: "These Inherentrights have never been more happily ex-pressed than in the Declaration of Inde-pendence, 'we hold these truths to be self-evident' - that is, so plain that their truth isrecognized upon their mere statement -'that all men are endowed' - not by edictsof emperors, or decrees of parliament, oracts of Congress, but 'by their Creator withcertain inalienable rights and that amongthese are life, liberty and the pursuit of hap-piness,and to secure these' - not grcfntthem but secure them - 'governments areinstituted among men.' "1892U.S.Supreme Court,
Church of the Holy Trin-ity v. United States
(143
US
457,
US
457-458,465-471,36
L ed
226,
Justice JosiahBrewer): "Our laws and ourinstitutionsmustnecessarily be based upon and embody theteachings of the Redeemer of mankind.Itisimpossible that it should be otherwise; andin this sense and to this extent our civiliza-tion and our institutions are emphaticallyChristian." (In
1931,
in
United States v. MacIntosh,
Supreme Court Justice GeorgeSutherland reviews the
1892
decision andreiterates that Americans are a "Christianpeople.")1896"There is a hearty Puritanism in the view ohuman nature that pervades the instrument(U.s. Constitution) of 
1787.
It is the work omen who believed in original sin and wereresolved to leave open to the transgressorsno door they could possibly shut."1909President Theodore Roosevelt:"After aweeon perplexing problems ...it does so rest my
 
soul tocome into the house of The Lord andto sing and mean it,
'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty' ...
(my) great joy and glorythat, in occupying an exalted position in thenation, Iam enabled to preach the practicalmoralities of The Bible to my fellow-coun-trymen and to hold up Christ as the hopeand Savior ofthe world."
(FerdinandC.Iglehart,
Theodore Roosevelt - The Man
As
I Knew Him,
A. L.Burt, 1919)
1913
President Woodrow Wilson: "America wasborn to exemplify the devotion to the ele-ments of righteousness which are derivedfrom the Holy Scriptures."
1930
"We are a Christian people .... The right oreligious freedom demands acknowledge-ment, with reverence, of the duty of obedi-ence to the will of God."
U.S. v. McIntosh.
March 3,1931
U.s. Congress adopts "The Star SpangledBanner" as our National Anthem: "(4thstanza)
Praise the Power that hath made and  preserved us as a nation. Then conquer we must,when our cause it is just. And this be our motto... "In God 
is
our Trust .' "
1943
Statement issued by Herbert Hoover, AlfredSmith, Alfred Landon, Mrs. Calvin Coolidge,Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, James M.Cox,John W.Davis, Mrs. William H.Taft,Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, Mrs. Grover Cleveland:"Menaced by collectivist trends, we mustseek revival of our strength in the spiritualfoundations which are the bedrock of ourrepublic.Democracy is the outgrowth of thereligious conviction of the sacredness of ev-ery human life. On the religious side, itshighest embodiment is The Bible; on thepolitical side, the Constitution."
1947
"This is a Christian nation" President HarryS. Truman in conversation with Pope PlusXII."The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we getfrom Exodus and S10Matthew, from Isaiah·and PauL"
1952
"... we are a religious people and our insti-tutions presuppose a Supreme Being." "Noconstitutional requirment makes
it
necess-sary for government tobe hostile to religionand to throw its weight against the efforts towiden the scope of religious influence. Thegovernment must remain neutral when itcomes to competition between sects ...TheFirst Amendment, however, does NOT saythat in every respect there shall be a separa-tion ofChurchandState."USSupreme Court
(Zorach v. Clauson,
343
US
307 313,
Justice W.O.Douglas):
1954
President Dwight D. Eisenhower: "... thepurpose of a devout and united people wasset forth in the pages ofThe Bible ...
(1)
tolivein freedom, (2)towork in aprosperous land... and (3) to obey the commandments oGod.... This Biblical story of the Promisedland inspired the founders of America. Itcontinues to inspire us...."
"... as an eyewitness of governmen-tal and other public actions through-out those years (1933-1967), I haveformed the opinion that the UnitedStates merits the dubious distinctionof having discarded its past and itsmeaning inone of the briefest spansof modern history.
II
NYTimescolum-nist, Arthur Krock
1958
Charles Malik, Ambassador to the UnitedNations from Lebanon (President of theGeneral Assembly of the UN):"Whoevertries to conceive the American word with-out taking full account of the suffering andlove and salvation of Christ is only dream-ing. Iknow how embarrassing this matter istopoliticians, bureaucrats, businessmen andcynics; but, whatever these honored menthink, the irrefutable truth is that the soul oAmerica is at its best and highest, Chris-tian."
1956
Congress adopts Joint Resolution provid-ing that the national motto shall be "In Godwe trust."
1973
."Secularism is unconstitutional ... prefer-ring those who do not believe over those
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