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~nother Fundamental for American Christians

The so-called "Politically Correct" insist 1833


Noah Webster: "...the religion which has
the United £tates never was a Christian introduced civil liberty, is the religion of
nation. Is that historically accurate? Or, Christ and His apostles ... This is genuine
is it plain old revisionist prop88anda? In Christianity, and to this we owe our free con-
stitutions of government ... the moral prin-
Part Two of this Mini-FAC£, here are
ciples and precepts contained in the Scrip-
some truths from the national archives. tures ought to form the basis of all of our civil
The record speaks for itself constitutions and laws."
1836
William McGuffey publishes the first edition
1811 of his McGuffey's Reader. Between 1836 and
"The people of this State, in common with the 1920,122 million copies are sold. Millions of
people of this country, profess the general American children learn to read and write
doctrine of Christianity, as the rule of their from that reader. In his foreword, McGuffey
faith and practice .... We are a Christian wrote: "The Christian religion is the religion
people, and the morality of the country is of our country. From it are derived our preva-
deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not lent notions of the character of God, the great
upon the doctrines or worship of those im- moral governor of the universe. On its doc-
postors (other religions) .... Christianity in its trines are founded the peculiarities of our free
enlarged sense, as a religion revealed and institutions."
taught in the Bible, is part and parcel of the
law of the land ....." Chief Justice James Kent, "I have long been convinced that our
Supreme Court of New York, The People v. Enemies have made it an Object to
Ruggles.
eradicate from the minds ofthe People
July 4,1821
John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the in general a Sense oftrue Religion and
United States: "The highest glory of the Virtue." Samuel Adams
American Revolution was this: it connected,
in one indissoluble bond, the principles of 1841
civil government with the principles of Chris-- Philosopher and historian Alexis de Tocquev-
tianity." ille (Democracy in America): "In the United
1824 States of America the sovereign authority is
"Chrstianity, general Christianity, is and al- religious." " ... there is no country in the world
ways has been a part of the common law of in which the Christian religion retains a great-
Pennsylvania; ... not Christianity with an er influence over the souls of men than in
established church and tithes and spiritual America."
courts; but Christianity with liberty of con- June 8,1845
science to all men." Updegraph v. the Common- President Andrew Jackson asserted: "The
wealth 11s & R. 394,400 Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests."
November, 1828 1851
Noah Webster publishes the first edition of Justice Joseph Story (US Supreme Court, 1811-
his Ameriam Dictionary of the English Lan- 1845; professor, Harvard Law School), wrote
guage. It contains the greatest number of Bib- in his Commentaries on the Constitution of the
lical definitions given in any secular volume; United States: "Probably at the time of the
thus demonstrating" the degree to which the adoption of the Constitution, and of the first
Bible was America's basic text book in all amendment to it ... the general if not the uni-
fields." Webster believed" education useless versal sentiment in America was, that Chris--
without the Bible." tianity ought to receive encouragement by the
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state so far as was not incompatible with the 1864
private rights of conscience and the free- Maryland Constitution requires citizens de-
dom of religious worship. Any attempt to siring to hold public office must have de-
level all every colony did sustain religion in clared "belief in the Christian religion, of the
some form. lt was deemed peculiarly prop- existence of God, and in a future state of
er that the religion of liberty should be up- rewards and punishments."
held by a free people. Had the people, dur- March 3, 1865
ing the Revolution, had a suspicion of any Secretary of the Treasury, Samuel Chase,
attempt to war against Christianity, that instructs U.s. mint to prepare a "device" to
Revolution would have been strangled in its inscribe US coins with the motto, "In God we
cradle. At the time of the adoption of the trust." Congress gives its approval.
Constitution and the Amendments, the uni- 1884
versal sentiment was that Christianity U.s. Supreme Court in reference to the indi-
should be encouraged - not anyone sect. vidual's God-given rights: "These Inherent
Any attempt to level or discard all religion rights have never been more happily ex-
would have been viewed with ui1iversal pressed than in the Declaration of Inde-
indignation. The object was not to substitute pendence, 'we hold these truths to be self-
Judaism or Mohammedanism, or infidelity, evident' - that is, so plain that their tru th is
but to prevent rivalry amoIlg the sects to the recognized upon their mere statement -
exclusion of others." 'that all men are endowed' - not by edicts
February 11, 1861 of emperors, or decrees of parliament, or
Abraham Lincoln, farewell at Springfield, acts of Congress, but 'by their Creator with
IL: "In regard to this Great Book (The Bible), certain inalienable rights and that among
I have but to say, it is the best gift God has these are life, liberty and the pursuit of hap-
given to man. All the good The Saviour gave piness, and to secure these' - not grcfnt
to the world was communicated through them but secure them - 'governments are
this book. But for it, we would not know instituted among men.' "
right from wrong. All things most desirable 1892
for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to U.S. Supreme Court, Church of the Holy Trin-
be found portrayed in it." (George L. Hunt, ity v. United States (143 US 457, US 457-
Calvinism and The Political Order, Westmin- 458,465-471,36 L ed 226, Justice Josiah
ster Press, 1965, p. 33) Brewer): "Our laws and ourinstitutionsmust
March 30, 1863 necessarily be based upon and embody the
Presidential Proclamation for a day of fast- teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is
ing, humiliation and prayer: "We have been impossible that it should be otherwise; and
the recipients of the choicest bounties of in this sense and to this extent our civiliza-
Heaven. We have been preserved, these tion and our institutions are emphatically
many years, in peace and prosperity. We Christian." (In 1931, in United States v.
have grown in numbers, wealth and power, MacIntosh, Supreme Court Justice George
as no other nation has ever grown. But we Sutherland reviews the 1892 decision and
have forgotten God. We have forgotten the reiterates that Americans are a "Christian
gracious hand which preserved us in peace, people.")
and multiplied and enriched and strength- 1896
ened us; and we have vainly imagined, in "There is a hearty Puritanism in the view of
the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these human nature that pervades the instrument
blessings were produced by some susperior (U.s. Constitution) of 1787. It is the work of
wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated men who believed in original sin and were
with unbroken success, we have become too resolved to leave open to the transgressors
self-sufficient to feel the necessity of re- no door they could possibly shut."
deeming and preserving grace, too proud to 1909
pray to the God that made us." President Theodore Roosevelt: " After a week
on perplexing problems ... it does so rest my
soul to come into the house of The Lord and sary for government to be hostile to religion
to sing and mean it, 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord and to throw its weight against the efforts to
God Almighty' ... (my) great joy and glory widen the scope of religious influence. The
that, in occupying an exalted position in the government must remain neutral when it
nation, I am enabled to preach the practical comes to competition between sects ... The
moralities of The Bible to my fellow-coun- First Amendment, however, does NOT say
trymen and to hold up Christ as the hope that in every respect there shall be a separa-
and Savior of the world." (FerdinandC. Iglehart, tion of ChurchandState."USSupreme Court
Theodore Roosevelt - The Man As I Knew Him, A. L. (Zorach v. Clauson, 343 US 307 313, Justice W.
Burt, 1919) O. Douglas):
1913 1954
President Woodrow Wilson: " America was President Dwight D. Eisenhower: " ... the
born to exemplify the devotion to the ele- purpose of a devout and united people was
ments of righteousness which are derived set forth in the pages ofThe Bible ... (1) to live
from the Holy Scriptures." in freedom, (2) to work in a prosperous land
1930 ... and (3) to obey the commandments of
"We are a Christian people .... The right of God .... This Biblical story of the Promised
religious freedom demands acknowledge- land inspired the founders of America. It
ment, with reverence, of the duty of obedi- continues to inspire us ...."
ence to the will of God." U.S. v. McIntosh.
March 3,1931 "... as an eyewitness of governmen-
U.s. Congress adopts "The Star Spangled tal and other public actions through-
Banner" as our National Anthem: "(4th
out those years (1933-1967), I have
stanza) Praise the Power that hath made and
preserved us as a nation. Then conquer we must, formed the opinion that the United
when our cause it is just. And this be our motto States merits the dubious distinction
... "In God is our Trust.' " of having discarded its past and its
1943 meaning in one of the briefest spans
Statement issued by Herbert Hoover, Alfred
of modern history. NY Times colum-
II
Smi th, Alfred Landon, Mrs. Calvin Coolidge,
Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, James M. Cox, nist, Arthur Krock
John W. Davis, Mrs. William H. Taft, Mrs.
Benjamin Harrison, Mrs. Grover Cleveland: 1958
"Menaced by collectivist trends, we must Charles Malik, Ambassador to the United
seek revival of our strength in the spiritual Nations from Lebanon (President of the
foundations which are the bedrock of our General Assembly of the UN): "Whoever
republic. Democracy is the outgrowth of the tries to conceive the American word with-
religious conviction of the sacredness of ev- out taking full account of the suffering and
ery human life. On the religious side, its love and salvation of Christ is only dream-
highest embodiment is The Bible; on the ing. I know how embarrassing this matter is
political side, the Constitution." to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and
1947 cynics; but, whatever these honored men
"This is a Christian nation" President Harry think, the irrefutable truth is that the soul of
S. Truman in conversation with Pope Plus America is at its best and highest, Chris-
XII. "The fundamental basis of our Bill of tian."
Rights comes from the teachings we get 1956
from Exodus and S10Matthew, from Isaiah Congress adopts Joint Resolution provid-
·and PauL" ing that the national motto shall be "In God
1952 we trust."
" ... we are a religious people and our insti- 1973
tutions presuppose a Supreme Being." "No . "Secularism is unconstitutional ... prefer-
constitutional requirment makes it necess- ring those who do not believe over those
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ruption ever since that early session of Con-


gress."

William Foxwell Albright once ob-


served that the writing of American
history in the 20th' Century was
mostly "a means of liberal propa-
ganda" (W. F. Albright, From The
Stone Age to Christianity). James
C. Malin put it in stronger terms (the
revisionists are) "debasing history
to the level of vicious propaganda in
support of a social program being
imposed upon a nation" (J.C. Malin,
On The Nature of History).

1985
Associate Justice William Rehnquist, Us.
Supreme Court, Wallace v. fafree, 472 U.s.,
38,991985: "It is impossible to build sound
constitutional doctrine upon a mistaken
understanding of Constitutional history ...
The establishment clause has been express-
ly freighted with Jefferson's misleading
metaphor for nearly forty years .... There is
simp~y no historical foundation for the pro-
pOSition that the framers intended to build a
wall of separation [betWeen church and state]
... The recent court decisions are in no way
based on either the language or intent of the
framers."
May 3, 1990
President George Bush, National Day of
Prayer: "The great faith that led our Nation's
F,ounding Fathers to pursue this bold expe-
nence in self~governmentmhas sustained
us in uncertain and perilous times; it has
given us strength and inspiration to the very
day. Like them, we do very well to recall our
'irm reliance on the protection of Divine
Providfence,' to give thanks for the freedom
and prosperity this Nation enjoys, and to
pray for continued help and guidance from
our wise and lOVing Creator."

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