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Principle 4 Without Religion The Government Of A Free People Cannot Be Maintained

Principle 4 Without Religion The Government Of A Free People Cannot Be Maintained

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Without Religion The Government Of A Free People Cannot Be Maintained/ This describes what the Founding Father Meant About Religion
Without Religion The Government Of A Free People Cannot Be Maintained/ This describes what the Founding Father Meant About Religion

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Principle 4 - Without religion thegovernment of a free people cannot bemaintained.
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports....And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion." – George Washington “Here is my Creed: I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we can render to him, is doing Good to his other Children…. I think the System of Morals [devised by Jesus] and his Religion as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting Changes, and I have with most of the  present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his Divinity.” Benjamin Franklin “The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other  parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to  pick out diamonds from dunghills.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24,1814 
When the Founding Fathers spoke of religion, they were referring to thefoundation of religion, which is God. This is true, because today we live in aGodless country. Only in a Godless country would there be hunger caused by greed.Only in a Godless country would there be people who were unable to obtain
 
adequate healthcare. If God were in the hearts of Americans, and of its governingleaders, there would be no healthcare crisis, or no foreclosure crisis. We would bemore concerned about the survival of families than corporations profit margins.We would be more concerned over paying teachers, firefighters, police, andsoldiers, who give their hearts and lives to us, than we would care about the pay ofcorporate executives.
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams 
If God were in the hearts of Americans and their leaders, charity, kindness,compassion and self-less service would be in the living of their daily lives. Thefirst questions that Benjamin Franklin asked himself every single day was, “Whatgood can I do today?”, and the last question that he asked himself before he wentto bed was, “What good have I done today?” He understood as they all did thatGod could only be worshipped through good works. And where we are today, iswhere they knew that we would be, if we turned our back on God.The Founding Fathers were deeply spiritual and devout believers in One God, theNatural God. They studied Cicero and his teachings on God’s Laws and in readingthe writings of Cicero, it is clear to see the influence that he had on our Founding
 
Fathers, and it is obvious how closely tied, the framers of the Constitutionbelieved their laws and the Laws of God were connected. We can also see wherethe firm belief in unalienable rights also connects directly to their belief in God,Cicero stated:
“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its  prohibitions…It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to attempt to repeal any  part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times,and there will one master and ruler, that is, God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst  punishment.” ( Marcus Tullius Cicero , Great Political Thinkers, p. 133.) 
 
As I continue to read the beliefs and intentions of the Founding Fathers itbecomes impossible to me that any interpretation if the Constitution can be made,as a viable interpretation without reference to the intent of the framers. What isConstitutional and unconstitutional cannot be based on a prior decision it seemsthat somehow we must base it upon the beliefs and intentions of the Framerswithin the historical environment of the time. Only then, can we interpret orextend to our own time, the meaning of the ConstitutionNow, again it makes no sense for us to be concerned with the Constitution if we arenot able to preserve the Republic itself. The Founding Fathers had very clear,historically based, and well thought out principles, or pillars upon which thisRepublic could stand and without which, it would inevitably fall.During the year that the Constitution was written, Congress also passed theNorthwest Ordinance, one of the four main documents on which the Nation wasformed. Together they were, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles ofConfederation, The Constitution, and The Northwest OrdinanceThe Founding Fathers did not believe that it was easy to change a grown personinto a moral and virtuous one. They believed that it was necessary to raiseRepublicans or Americans from childhood, from elementary school in the qualitiesnecessary to preserve this Republic. So, in the Northwest Ordinance stated:
“Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall be forever encouraged and established in the Northwest Territory.” 

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